Tuesday, June 25th 2013

The Daily Find: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel

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

What it is: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel
Why we love it: The signature shape feels fresh with edgy textured leather and subtle brushed hardware.
Wear it with: Anything! The color is an easy neutral—it works with most any ensemble you put together.

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Monday, June 24th 2013

Shopbop Beauty: Beachy Braids

Whether you have long hair or short, hot summer weather brings forth a constant battle to keep cool, maintain frizz, and still look cute. Enter the braid. For short hair, a small french braid keeps bangs back or the hair off your neck. For longer hair, we recommend you try Elise’s double braid updo. Check out her step-by-step guide below, and don’t let the technique scare you: a messy look is ideal for this casual, beachy style.

Braids work best on second-day hair—a little grit and texture helps keep the strands together. You can also let your hair air dry after washing and add a volumizing product. Finger-comb your hair to get out all the knots.

Separate your hair into two sections. I like making an uneven side part to create one big braid and one little braid. But, don’t worry about being too precise—just grab and go! Use a hair tie to wrangle the smaller section while you work on the other side.

Turn your head upside down and grab a small section of hair at the nape of your neck—it helps to be sitting down for this—and start french braiding your hair, adding a new section to each side of the braid as you move toward your face. Braid up over the side of your head, aiming to end the braid in line with the outer edge of your eyebrow. Then, transition to a regular braid as you move towards the ends. Secure with a hair tie and repeat on the other side.

Once you’ve finished both braids, bring the end of the first braid up and over your head, remove the hair tie, and secure with pins. You’ll want to let the shape of the braid guide your placement—just lay it down on your head wherever it feels most natural. Secure the end of the braid first, using two bobby pins crossed in an X shape to make sure it stays in place.

Repeat with the second braid, either laying it next to the first braid across your head, or crossing the two braids at the crown. You have a lot of options—just do whatever feels and looks right to you. For my style, I ran the second braid right along my hairline like a crown, and tucked the end under the first braid in the back. Once you have your placement set, secure with pins.

Use your hands and fingers to rough up the braids and create a little more texture. Pin down any bumpy sections with the remaining pins. And remember, imperfections just add to the charm!

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Monday, June 24th 2013

Studio Sounds: Hot Summer Sounds

While the humidity is doing a number on everyone’s hair, we’re keeping cool with a jamming playlist of high-tempo beats.

“Summer is here and it is hot! A mix of Chicago, Disco, avant, and freak scene house should help beat the heat. Consider accessorizing with a tall glass of lemonade, an empty swimming pool, a boom box, and a bag of sparklers.”

--Phoebe, Stylist

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Monday, June 24th 2013

The Daily Find: Clover Canyon Pants

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

What they are: Clover Canyon Lotus Temple Wide Leg Pants
Why we love them: Clover Canyon’s signature print style is taken to the extreme with a voluminous wide leg.
Wear them with: A plain top, Iosselliani jewelry, and flat Joie sandals.

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Friday, June 21st 2013

Break Time: Blue Water, Green Graffiti & Red Peppers

Today is the first day of summer! Wouldn’t you like to celebrate by sitting near the ocean, in a vast garden of greenery, with a hot plate of spicy food? Or, you can just read these articles and dream.

The fact that water is blue is hammered into our brains from the first time we grab a crayon. But, actually, water colors can range from deep navy to chalky pink. Mental Floss explains why.
[Mental Floss]

Graffiti is the scourge of many cities, but a few artists are giving it an eco-friendly spin. While still illegal, green graffiti cleans the air while bringing plant life into an urban setting.
[Bettery Magazine]

As a lover of all things spicy—there are currently 11 hot sauces in my fridge—this article on the world’s hottest chili peppers is a must-read. It fits in perfectly with my life motto: “If your mouth isn’t on fire, you’re not having fun.”
[Smithsonian Magazine]

--Libby S.

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Friday, June 21st 2013

How I Learned to Love My Curls

Above: Shopbop Stylist Shabdiece today, rocking her crazy curls. Below, Shabdiece circa age 8.

For a girl with curls, hair commercials in the ’80s and ’90s were treacherous to grow up with. The luscious, straight, bouncing hair always seemed to be the reason the girl was so happy and smiley. At the ripe age of 8, it would send me into a frenzy in the kitchen, putting together concoctions of yogurt, olive oil, eggs, and god knows what else to cover my head in the hopes of taming my curls. I would let it “set” with a plastic grocery bag tied around my head (undoubtedly, I looked like a crazy person), and I wouldn’t let anyone touch me or get near me for at least an hour. After carefully washing it in the shower and brushing my hair as straight as possible, I would close my eyes in front of the mirror, praying it would dry exactly how it looked wet. It didn’t.

Eventually, my mother decided it was time to take action. She scoured fashion magazines and books, trying to find curly-haired heroines and beauties to prove my thick, unruly hair was a gift. And when she realized I wouldn’t be consoled, she would spend hours rolling my hair in Coke cans, twisting it in small buns with pin curls, ironing it, putting in hot rollers, braiding it. After many nights of sleeping on my chin ever so carefully, nothing came out exactly how the Pantene commercials looked.

I continued the torture nonetheless, and after nearly three decades and countless tricks (including a reverse perm that actually made my hair kinkier), I finally realized that maybe my mom was right all these years. Maybe I should give up the battle and embrace my monstrous mane rather than trying to pull, heat, burn, and chemically treat my way into, well, not me.

Curls are popping up in fashion editorials and ad campaigns, including on Shopbop. This look is from our spring workwear lookbook.

In many ways, my crazy long curls have also allowed me to embrace my true quirky, unique, colorful style. It’s the perfect accessory to any hat, head scarf, neck candy, strong shoulders, or print-on-print action. And the appearance of more full-on hot-girl ’fros on fashion blogs, magazines, ad campaigns, and TV means the fashion world has followed suit as well, giving other young girls more role models to encourage them to embrace their natural selves.

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Friday, June 21st 2013

Ones to Watch: 8 Models We Love

The stars of our latest lookbook took a few minutes to showcase their talents beyond modeling. From whistling and singing to medical aspirations and Russian jokes, these ladies charmed the camera with their unique personalities. Watch the video and prepare to see a lot more of them.

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Friday, June 21st 2013

She’s the Bop: Chloe Lonsdale

For London-native Chloe Lonsdale, jeans are in her genes. Her father imported some of the first denim to London, and her mom modeled them in ads. Now Chloe’s chic and crisp staples belong to Gwyneth, Kate Middleton…and Shopboppers!

FARAN KRENTCIL: How do London girls wear their jeans?
CHLOE LONSDALE: London girls really go for it. They’re not afraid to take their style to the next level, whether it’s taking a look directly from the runway and recreating it full-out, or digging through vintage record collections or magazines for inspiration. Denim is an ideal base for every look, so their jeans are the one basic, classic item that all their fashion choices can revolve around. You can really pile it on when you’re wearing a great pair of jeans.

FK: What about American girls?
CL: In general, I feel like American girls are a little more conservative with their style, and they usually wear jeans with a T-shirt and trainers, or a blazer and heels. It’s not as wild as what happens in London, but it’s very “American cool.”

FK: Denim in the office: discuss.
CL: I think it’s great. Denim is my uniform, obviously, but with a clean white shirt, a nice jacket, great shoes, it’s a very smart, modern look. Do it!

FK: What record is the soundtrack to your closet?
CL: Mine? I’m a classics girl. I love the Rolling Stones, I love real vinyl records, but I do love One Direction. They seem genuinely nice and like they’re having fun. And they wore MiH Jeans (and looked great)!

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word “sandwich.”
CL: My style is a sandwich with three ingredients: a crisp white shirt, fantastic jeans, and ballet slippers.


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Friday, June 21st 2013

Style Steal: Rachel Roy FEED Bag

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: A roomy Rachel Roy bag with a charitable slant: Rachel Roy will donate proceeds to FEED Projects, an organization dedicated to feeding children across the globe.
The Price: $78 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Doing good is always a good idea.

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Thursday, June 20th 2013

Seen @ Shopbop: Summer in the City

The long days of summer are here, and we spotted Shopbop Stylist Anna keeping her cool in a city-perfect summer ensemble last week, complete with an effortless wide-brimmed hat and artfully layered bracelets.

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