Friday, May 24th 2013

She’s The Bop: Britt Aboutaleb of Who What Wear Beauty

She knows what's inside Ashley Olsen's makeup bag. She's tried Amanda Seyfried's favorite mascara. And she's been to dinner with Gwen Stefani--in Cannes, no less. 

Boppers, meet Britt Aboutaleb, the Beauty Editor for one of my favorite websites, Who What Wear Daily. As LA's resident Young and Cool Expert, she's tested every cult product from Beverly Hills to Laurel Canyon... and she gets to have In-N-Out Burger whenever she wants, too.

Life may not be fair, but at least it's bloggable--which is why I asked Britt to endure our weekly style inquisition.  Enjoy...

FARAN KRENTCIL: You moved from New York City to Los Angeles when you joined the Who What Wear Team.  How has your style changed?
BRITT ABOUTALEB: I’d say the main difference is that I’m free to wear heels all day everyday since I’m driving instead of running around the city and up and down subway stairs (this is also why I’ve gained ten pounds). So I’m physically able to dress the way I wish I could have in New York—jeans and t-shirts with sky-high stilettos, and pencil skirts have finally made their way into my closet. (I’ve loved them from afar forever, but heels are a must.) The most dramatic difference comes on the weekend, where denim cut-offs, vintage t-shirts, and Converse constitute an outfit. When everyone else is wearing Lululemon, it’s not hard to look pulled together. I guess a better question would be how hasn’t it changed? I still only wear black, navy, white, and grey!

FK: Your parents like in Qatar, and you often get to travel through the Middle East.  What's the most fashionable place you've visited there?
BA: Beirut. The Lebanese love beautiful things and the city’s full of spectacular shops, both designer, like Celine and Vivienne Westwood, and boutique.  I’d move there in a heartbeat (not just because of the clothes). I suspect the Qatari women are quite fashionable, I just can’t see anything underneath their robes! Judging from their shoes, bags, and the brands—from Proenza Schouler to J.W. Anderson—in their stores, they know what’s up. Of course fashionable in the Middle East is quite different from New York—more is definitely better there.

FK: Do you see clothing differently now that you're a beauty editor?
BA: Totally. More because I’m not a fashion editor than because I’m a beauty editor, if that makes sense. I still look at the shows on and I'm lucky enough to see the New York collections backstage, but I’m not bombarded with images the way I was, so there isn’t that constant thirst for something new. I think I’ve also reached an age where I know exactly what I like—I’m no longer buying colorful prints because I’m supposed to like colorful prints. I like black and navy, and that’s OK. My whole life changed last year—from New York to LA, from fashion to beauty, from mid-to-late 20s—so I kind of see everything differently!

FK: What's the one beauty thing that most women ignore, but shouldn't?
BA: Their hands! They’re such an afterthought and yet so abused during the day. I used to just rub extra product on them at the end of the day, but now I actually slather face cream on them before bed and put SPF on the back of each hand everyday. In LA (ok, Beverly Hills) everyone’s face looks one age, but their hands are singing a very different tune.

FK: Matching your lipstick to your nails: Good idea or bad idea?
BA: I don’t really believe in rules. If you want to match your nails to your lipstick, go for it! Want to wear a smoky eye and a bold lip? Cara Delevingne just showed you how at Cannes. Just commit to the look, hold your head high, and maybe tone down your outfit.


Friday, May 24th 2013

Style Steal: Dolce Vita Shorts

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

The Steal: Dolce Vita shorts with a playful paper-bag waist.
The Price: $99 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: On hot summer nights out, dressy shorts are a comfortable alternative to a miniskirt.

Shop these Dolce Vita Marcelle Shorts.

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

My Style Philosophy: Elise

Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with Stylist Elise about her personal style philosophy.

Name: Elise
Position: Stylist

Go-to brand:
For such a maximalist, I am surprised to find myself reaching for Vince constantly. It’s a great first stop for well-cut tees and sweaters that last forever and lend a modern, clean-and-cool feeling. I’m not cool by default, so I appreciate anything that helps!

How did you get into styling?
My background is actually in theatre, so I come at styling from a storytelling perspective. Instead of asking how to wear a piece, I ask “Who is this girl? Where is she going? What does she eat for breakfast?” Styling really is visual storytelling—trying to capture a whole narrative with one image.

What’s your style philosophy?
Dress for the life you want! Style is an expression of personality and one of the most basic forms of communication—whether you acknowledge it or not, you say a lot about yourself before even opening your mouth. Having style means taking control of what you’re “saying.” Personally, I tend towards pieces with a lot of history or meaning, whether it’s a necklace from my grandmother or a dress I found on a special day. Let’s just say I have a lot of amulets on at any given time. I’m a bit of a magpie too, and I’m attracted to color, print, and texture—and I always try to wear natural fibers. I want a magical life, so I try to dress for it!

What one item in your closet could you not live without?
A really good matte red lipstick and a great little jacket to pull it all together.

Shop Elise’s go-to brand Vince.

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Wise Words: Nicolas Chamfort

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

The Daily Find: Clover Canyon Cover-Up

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

What it is: Clover Canyon Graphic Flower Cover-Up
Why we love it: The brand’s signature mastery of mixed prints makes a beach basic feel special.
Wear it with: Your best bikini and Loeffler Randall sandals.

Shop swim cover-ups.
Shop Clover Canyon.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Ask Shopbop: Holiday Weekend Packing List

Clockwise from top left left: Rag & Bone/JEAN skinny jeans, Madison Marcus dress (similar), Wilt jumpsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, Joe’s Jeans button-down (similar), Oliver Peoples sunglasses, BB Dakota maxi skirt, Deux Lux weekender bag, Joie sandals, Splendid cardigan, Clare Vivier clutch.

Monday marks the unofficial start of summer, and with an extra day off, a lot of people will be traveling. When I take off for a long weekend trip, I like to pack comfortable, mix-and-match pieces that transition easily from day to night. You'll never miss with an edited weekend bag full of classic pieces that can be brought to life with accessories and a bit of pattern play. A chic scarf, tee, and lounge pants go from a walk on the beach to lunch, and for a casual, pulled-together dinner look, pair a crisp pinstripe blouse to dark denim with an envelope clutch and sandals. Happy holiday weekend!


Shop more summer essentials.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

The Daily Find: Soludos Espadrilles

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

What they are: Soludos Ombré Summer Espadrilles
Why we love them: Faded pastel stripes update the classic jute-bound style in a playful palette.
Wear them with: A casual sundress and loose beachy waves.

Shop designer loafers.
Shop Soludos.

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Seen @ Shopbop: Club Monaco Blouse

A button-down blouse is one of the most versatile pieces in a woman’s wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down, used as a beach cover-up, buttoned to the collar or worn open and loose—it truly runs the gamut of styling. Basic white is a tried-and-true standard, but we can’t help but love Copywriter Val’s unexpected version from Club Monaco: the semi-sheer shirt is dotted with tiny green frogs. The amphibious accents give the silk blouse a playful feel, turning this style staple into a unique statement.

--Libby S.

Shop this Club Monaco blouse.

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

The Daily Find: Milly Dress

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

What it is: Milly Drop Waist Dress
Why we love it: Lightweight chiffon lends a flirty feel to the pastel tie-dye print.
Wear it with: Two-tone Tibi sandals and a stack of rose-gold bangles.

Shop mini dresses.
Shop Milly dresses.

Monday, May 20th 2013

Studio Sounds: Island Chill

Inspired by an enviable upcoming vacation, Elise created a mix of beach-ready tunes to get us all in a tropical state of mind.

“I’ve got vacation on my mind this week, so I put together a mellow island playlist to chill to as I’m soaking my toes in the crystal- clear waters of Kauai.”

--Elise, Stylist

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