Thursday, January 31st 2013

Shopbop Beauty: Hair Accessories


Look 1: Pluie hair comb. Look 2: Pluie feather barrette.

There is something about a perfectly worn hair accessory that elevates a look from alright to amazing. Tucked into a messy up do or clipped next to a neat bun, it oozes confidence and style savvy.

“Sleek metallic clips have been taking the place of big floral accessories,” says our in-house expert, Khloe. “They’re a great way to add something different and unique to your look.”

This style reads more refined than bohemian headbands and flashy crystal combs. Khloe advises to keep it simple: “Try a minimal gold-tone bar clip—it works equally well for a casual occasion or to spice up a formal affair. For something more sensual, try a feather clip tucked into a messy updo. It’ll add an unexpected surprise when you see it peeking through perfectly tousled tresses (like Phoebe’s, pictured above).”

--Libby S.

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Thursday, January 31st 2013

The Daily Find: Equipment Blouse


Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Equipment Capri Stripe Henley Top
Why we love it: Thick peach stripes have a decidedly springy appeal, calling to mind warm days and sunny skies.
Wear it with: White Alice + Olivia jeans and pointed-toe Steven pumps.

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Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Denim on Denim


Look 1: Madewell blazer, Madewell top, Marc by Marc Jacobs shorts, Vince pumps. Look 2: IRO jacket, MOTHER skirt, See by Chloe sandals. Look 3: Eugenia Kim hat, Madewell top, Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans, Coclico Shoes oxfords.

I would love to try a denim on denim look, but how do I keep it from turning into a Canadian tuxedo?

Denim with denim is a huge trend for spring, but keeping the look modern can be tricky. Here are my four easy tips for pulling it off:

1. Mix pieces with different washes to avoid a head-to-toe denim suit look.
2. Use subtly printed denim to create depth and a feeling of differentiated texture.
3. Substitute chambray for denim to add another layer of tonal similarity.
4. Break up the denim with a bright knit or patterned jacket to tie it all together.

--Loni

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Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Bop Com: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them


There are more fashion blogs out there than fairy tales, but today's links are all about one thing: magical creatures that are real, imagined, and oh-so-chic. 

SEA WITCH: Sci-Fi Surf Punk is now a thing, thanks to Mara Hoffman's new beachy video. [Style.com]

MR. WIZARD: Remember when Prada made their own phone? Well now Alexander Wang is doing a Samsung collaboration—but that doesn't mean you can score his digits. [Fashionista.com]

CALAMITY JANE: Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old! Celebrate Jane Austen's rom-com classic with this slideshow of Keira Knightley, Jennifer Ehle, Bridget Jones, and more influential Mrs. Darcys. [Slate]

CEREAL KILLER: In this horror-spoof-fashion-show play currently running in NYC, the murderers eat carbs, then turn their stilettos into killing machines. Oh, and it's a comedy. [NY Times]

AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Yes, the title of this post is a Harry Potter reference. But even if you're not in Gryffindor House, you can still marvel at this incredible animated sequence from the last film, starring Emma Watson and a very stylish Grim Reaper. [YouTube]

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

The Daily Find: Theory Dress


Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Theory Nikay B Dress
Why we love it: A flattering silhouette is matched with classic nautical stripes for a girly-meets-sophisticated feel.
Wear it with: Blue suede Vince pumps, for a pop of color.

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Tuesday, January 29th 2013

How to Wear Printed Pants


On Phoebe: Tibi pants, Vince top, Maison Martin Margiela booties. On Pa: Talulah pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim jacket, Maison Martin Margiela booties.

Printed pants are forever languishing in My Hearts, just sitting there, waiting to be purchased. I love the look, but have always been unsure how to pull off such a bold statement piece. Enter Pa and Phoebe, two talented Shopbop stylists who tackled the trend and proved how easy—and flattering—it can be. (These tropical Nonoo pants are in my cart as we speak!)

Pa on Phoebe:
The celestial print on these Tibi pants has a dark, abstract feel—it almost looks like molecules under a microscope. Mixed metal accessories give the look a personalized touch. These PVC Maison Martin Margiela booties literally go with everything—they look like a fashion risk but are actually quite practical, adding unexpected textures and interest to an otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Phoebe on Pa:
The abstract print drew me to these Talulah pants initially, but adjustable tabs at the cuff are actually perfect for someone petite, like Pa. A tricolor studded jacket balances the prettiness of the floral print—it’s got motorcycle edge, but sophisticated trench styling. A vivid clutch plays up the bright tones of the pants, so I kept the shoes neutral. Finally, I turned to Maison Martin Margiela jewelry for an uncanny twist: rings in an earthy copper color, but with a modern sleekness that matches the overall mood of the look.

--Libby S.

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

The Daily Find: A.L.C. Leather Jacket

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Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: A.L.C. Shaw Leather Jacket
Why we love it: The classic silhouette has an easy slouch that adds a casual vibe to a downtown look.
Wear it with: Perfectly distressed DSQUARED2 jeans and neutral Maison Martin Margiela sandals.

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Monday, January 28th 2013

The Daily Find: Mania Mania Necklace


Welcome to The Daily Find, our favorite products plucked from What’s New.

What it is: Mania Mania Fillmore West Necklace
Why we love it: Substantial semiprecious stones have a raw, earthy appeal, giving this necklace a cool bohemian vibe.
Wear it with: A breezy Cacharel dress and easy flat sandals.

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Friday, January 25th 2013

What The FK: Board Games

Last January, everyone I knew was obsessed with juicing—how it would detox their bodies, restart their metabolism, and make them thinner than Gwyneth in her Ben Affleck phase. (Meanwhile, I clung to my usual diet of baby carrots, hummus, and Justin's Peanut Butter Cups, which, I have to say, are the closest thing to crack I've ever tried.)

Some of my friends stuck with their Blueprint Cleanses and Organic Avenue deliveries, a few ordered Magic Bullet Blenders from infomercials so they could make juice themselves, and by February, some gave up on the liquid bliss dream, and came over to the dark side with me. (Mmm, Chocolate Almond Butter Bars!)

Now, my friends are obsessed with something new: vision boards. You tape up pictures of what you want in the coming year, focus on them one at a time, and somehow—through metaphysics, optimism, and probably, in some cases, actual crack—these things become a reality.

I've seen all kinds of things on people's vision boards, from the attainable (new yoga poses, better sleep schedules, these shoes) to the ridiculous (Ben Affleck, post-Gwyneth, for example). And I figured, "Why not make my own and see how it goes?"

But like my nail art choices and my dating life, I have to make things way too complicated. And I'm like, "Well, what if what I want changes halfway through the year? What if I start out wanting to be one kind of girl, and I end up realizing another path is better?" And so, of course, I made three vision boards instead of one, and based them all on pop culture heroines. Yep.

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Friday, January 25th 2013

Style Steal: Cambridge Satchel

Don’t be mistaken, we’re willing to pay for our fashion, but when a find comes along that’s cool, forward, and under $200, it makes our style-loving hearts skip a beat. In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight some of the best style steals on the pages of Shopbop.com.

The Steal: The classic Cambridge Satchel silhouette, updated with glossy patent leather.
The Price: $160 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Old world construction and timeless appeal—what’s not to love?

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