Wednesday, December 31st 2008

style by the handful


Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a glass of bubbly in one hand and a glam clutch in the other. The New York Times knows it, and gives a shout-out to that all-important style staple: the embellished, metallic, or glossy clutch that endures season after season, soiree after soiree. This year I’ll be taking the understated route with my New Year’s Eve ensemble (draped silk top, dark denim, suede pumps with a hint of shine), so a glittery little handful will be an easy way to add a dash of glam.

The Times spotlights Anya Hindmarch’s Disco Clutch, a high-shine number in mirrored leather, as one of “the season’s loveliest.” Lauren Merkin is a go-to label for eye-catching evening clutches, and the Louise Metallic Zebra Clutch and the Char Patent Clutch don’t disappoint. Kooba wins points for an oversized clutch that can be converted into a shoulder bag by day, and Felix Rey’s Mesi Clutch makes metal mesh really pop with flashes of teal and fuchsia. And Tory Burch’s Art Deco-inflected Mandy Clutch does wonders to enliven a minimalist shift.


Tuesday, December 30th 2008

Resolve to Work Out in Style

’Tis the season to make promises we only half intend to keep, and while my resolutions are mostly vague and undefined, there’s one (and it’s admittedly very cliché) that tops my list: get back to the gym.

There’s nothing that motivates a sweat session quite like the perfect duds to do it in, so I’m tossing my ratty fleece pants and high school sports teams tees (I have more than I care to admit) and stocking up on too-cool-to-keep-at-home workout wear. My number one must-have is Splendid’s Performance Yoga Pant. In a jersey that’s just heavy enough and a fit that’s just plain perfect, they’re the ideal pant for a turn on the elliptical machine. For my top half, I’m a Bop Basics loyalist through and through. There’s a reason why these tees are a favorite of shopboppers and shopbop shoppers alike. I’ll round out my newly made-over active-wear drawer with some pants by So Low and tees and tanks by James Perse and Splendid, which means this may be one resolution I actually keep.


Monday, December 29th 2008

shop for your staycation


Though this is normally the time of year when I’d be packing bikinis and printing boarding passes, for various reasons I’ve decided to embrace what’s become known as the staycation and be a tourist in my own city.

Among its many benefits the staycation offers comfortable lodging, a familiar, EZ-to-navigate cityscape, and convenient transportation options, as well as a range of affordable dining choices and delightful “travel” companions.

But the best part? Since I’m saving so much on airfare, accommodations, and meals out, it’s also the ideal excuse to splurge on a few street-chic styles. (Just because I’m haunting my usual stomping grounds doesn’t mean I have to wear the same thing I do every other day/night—I’m on staycation after all.) I've been perusing the looks in the city section of the Getaways Feature for inspiration/possible candidates. Mulberry's Roxanne Tote is a serious contender.

Having a staycation of your own this year? Here’s a tip: add up everything you would’ve spent on a plane ticket, hotel, and evenings out. That dress/bag/coat you’ve been eyeing is practically free in comparison!


Friday, December 26th 2008

No Lift Ticket Necessary


In my opinion, winter really only has two things going for it: holiday lights and hot spiked drinks. What of winter sports, you ask? I’ve attempted skiing on a handful of occasions, but it never really took. (Intense fear of heights and bodily harm probably played a part.) I am, however, a big fan of the ski bunny look.

A style perfected by that subset of fashionable women who descend on mountainous regions from Sundance to Gstaad around this time of year, this look brings a number of my favorites together, namely faux fur trim, fitted ‘70s-inflected puffer jackets, cozy sweaters, substantial leggings, and signature sunglasses. Oh, and of course a scarf looped around the neck in an effortless yet just-so manner.

And thankfully there’s no need to risk life and limb on a double black diamond run to work the look: it’s as appropriate for a chilly day in the West Village as it is for a stroll in a ski village.


Friday, December 26th 2008

first fashion

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I’m a last-minute kind of girl. I saved all my Christmas shopping for this week, and I’ve been known to schedule vacation flights down to the wire, going straight from the airport to work and rolling into the office with undone hair a few minutes before 9 a.m. I don’t usually think about swimwear until June, but with all the options coming into shopbop lately, I may have to reconsider so I’m not left high and (literally) dry on that first unexpectedly hot weekend in spring or that spontaneous getaway to warmer climes.

Purple was my favorite color in grade school (probably from reading one too many Sweet Valley Twins books), and it’s slowly coming back into favor with me. Plus, I love the flattering frames on this pair. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Side Bar Sunglasses


Love this suit, but can’t decide if I like the fuchsia or black better. Either way, it conveniently converts from a halter to strapless, and the details make it flirty and unique. Mara Hoffman – Solid Wire Bandeau Bikini


This lightweight dress will look great over my bikini while lounging poolside, and also with a bevy of gold bangles while running errands, going out for lunch, or whatever else I’ll be doing come summer. C&C California – Strapless Maxi Dress with Lace

Avoid last-minute stress, and plan ahead in What’s New.


Wednesday, December 24th 2008

A Little Something For Me

My gifts for mom, dad, brother, brother’s girlfriend, other brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, grandma, aunt, uncle, great aunt, and mailman are all wrapped and ready to go. I’ve been good this holiday season, only buying gifts for the various members of my to-buy-for list, so today I’m doing a little shopping for me, and I’m starting with the Marc by Marc Dr. Q Magazine Clutch. I’ve had my eye on this little bag since it crossed my desk, and today, along with the Rag & Bone short sleeve cashmere cardigan, I’m making it mine. I think this pair deserves a third, so I’ll add so-chic sandals from shopbop newcomer Katia Lombardo. Even with the platform and heel, these kicks are comfy and walkable—shoe perfection.

My selections are pretty basic, but I’m a basics kind of girl. Tell me, what are you buying yourself now that the season of shopping for others is over?


Friday, December 19th 2008

A Fashionable Fete

The shopbop holiday party rolled on last night despite the threat of an onslaught of wintery white stuff, and it was a truly stylish affair. Mingled between the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, dancing, and general socializing were chic ensembles befitting a group of people who spend 40+ hours of their week working with, thinking about, and obsessing over fashion.

And though the winter storm waited patiently for the party to end, the piles of snow did arrive, which meant this morning the fun-loving imbibers had a legitimate excuse to take our time getting into the office. Thank you, Mother Nature.

Here are a few pictures of shopboppers in their fashionable finest.

Val and Deegan looking chic and dapper, respectively.

Barbara and Heidi prove IT has style too, with Jennifer from merchandising.

Thursday, December 18th 2008

Shopbop Holiday Party: The Outfit

Preparing for a holiday work party can be a daunting task. What should I wear? Will my boss be creeped out by the amount of cleavage I’m showing? Will my tolerance allow me to have more than two drinks without making a fool of myself? The list goes on and on. But when preparing for tonight's shopbop holiday party there is one question that trumps them all: “Will someone else be wearing my dress?” Excited about my purchase of the Ella Moss Kiki Dress in black, I felt the need to claim the dress as mine, so I emailed my fellow coworkers to find out what they were wearing. That was code for: “You better not be wearing my dress, and if you are, make other plans.”

One may think: "You're shopbop, you have a million dresses, I can’t imagine how two people could wear the same thing." But alas, there is always a case where someone is in the same outfit. Luckily for me, when I asked my coworkers about their planned ensembles, no one mentioned my beloved Ella Moss dress.

Here are some of the answers I did get:

Holly, Merchandiser: A black Elizabeth and James mini I found today.

Maureen, Copywriter: I'm having two pre-party glasses of wine and praying for last-minute brilliance, which probably means all the jewelry I own, a boyfriend blazer, and skinny pants.

Jennifer, Merchandiser: A black Susana Monaco strapless dress and a gold Twelfth St. cardigan.

Anna, Email Marketing: I’ll probably just wear tights, Jeffrey Campbell platforms, and some sort of mini dress. Pretty standard really.

Carly, Web Content: I’m wearing a Karen Zambos dress. (Unless I change my mind 20 minutes before the party.)

This night is going to shape up in real shopbop style. Can’t wait to post the pictures.

Work party coming up? What work or sartorial genius will you be wearing?


Thursday, December 18th 2008

How I Shop shopbop

The Latest by Kate, Fashion Director

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When I’m looking for inspiration on shopbop there are a few tactics that never fail me.

If I’ve got a yen for something specific, the search function is a good place to start. That I can custom-make different assortments just by typing in some key words often leaves me feeling so amused, like I’ve discovered a secret weapon. Try entering some words that are synonymous with your style and see what pops up! For instance, I love the edgy assortment of sweaters, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and dresses that come up when I enter "studs." And "peace" led me to some really cool apparel and jewelry with peace signs incorporated in their design. This tactic also works well if you’re searching for a specific color like "purple" or "charcoal.”

While that's really fun and all, if your mind is blank and you’re itching for some style inspiration, leave it to our expert stylists and merchandisers!

Shopping by trend is by far my favorite way to shop on shopbop. The assortments are so creative and inspiring. My favorite Winter Trend category is Look to Russia. The items are so rich and luxe-feeling but also have this really eclectic vibe. Mixing and layering the pieces I see on the different pages presents endless possibilities for outfits that feel so exotic and chic. Almost like I could be the next Bond girl who gets wisked away to Russia for 24 hoursnot nearly enough time to sport all these cozy, stylish ensembles!

Charlotte Ronson—Faux Fur Bolero
Nanette Lepore—Joy Luck Top

LaROK—Velvetine Ruched Leggings

Thursday, December 18th 2008

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
Boyfriends. Once we get past the initial wine and dine phase, we’re often left deciphering Fantasy Basketball speak (as if football wasn’t enough to fantasize about) or watching them perfect their guitar face during endless sessions of Rock Band. But boyfriends are good for something: Their loose-fitting, low-slung jeans are naturally heavily distressed and have shredded holes in all the best places. Granted, this may be because they are too preoccupied with their Lord of the Rings online role playing to ever change pants, but nonetheless, this style has inspired a hot denim trend for girlfriends everywhere.


When it comes to boyfriends, these Current/Elliott shorts deserve a commitment. Current/Elliott—The Roll Short


Cuffed denim is going to be the new skinny for spring, and this pair’s destroyed aesthetic has that DIY cred I’m after. Current/Elliott—The Boyfriend Jean


I could wear the styles above with a graphic tee and Chuck Taylors to be a little punk. But to make it instantly date night-worthy, I’ll switch to a cami and these China Blue pumps. Moschino Cheap and Chic—Ruffle Pump

Find your next boyfriend in What’s New.

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