Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Ask Shopbop: Hats, Scarves & Sunglasses


On Loni: Rag & Bone hat, Missoni scarf (similar), and Garrett Leight sunglasses. On Phoebe: Cast of Vices hat, Yigal Azrouel scarf, and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

The combination of a hat with a scarf and sunglasses can be darling, but tricky to pull off. Proceed with my tips for wearing the pairing well.

Start with neutral sunnies. Black, tortoise, and metal frames make for a solid foundation and won't steal the show or compete too much with your other accessories.

Consider styling your scarf in a fresh way, tied onto your handbag or styled around the base of a brimmed hat. More traditional, around-the- neck styling works best when your hat is on the smaller side. But, if you want a more bohemian look, go wild! A big hat, big sunnies, and a loose scarf around the neck can be just the right thing.

For pre-fall hats, pick out materials based on weather. If the day is warm, you can still get away with cotton. Once summer is fully eclipsed, store your raffia and straw. Leather and wool are perfect choices for fall. Check out Cast of Vices for fun, baseball-inspired toppers.

--Loni

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Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The Daily Find: Haute Hippie Slip Dress

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

What it is: Haute Hippie Lace Slip Dress
Why we love it: A simple slip dress feels sensual with lace trim and slinky silk charmeuse.
Wear it with: A sequined Haute Hippie jacket, Aquazzura sandals, and a Pierre Balmain clutch.

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Tuesday, July 30th 2013

My Style Philosophy: Karina

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

Name: Karina
Position: Stylist

Go-to brand: I tend to experiment with a variety of different styles, but always find myself reaching back to DSQUARED2. Their separates are to die for—always the perfect mix of preppy and punky. Their styling has such a fun sense of humor too. I love looking for inspiration in their shows.

How did you get into styling? I attribute my love of fashion and styling to my two older sisters, both of whom are great illustrators. When I was younger, I would watch them draw figures and design beautiful outfits. It was fascinating to me, and I developed the same hobby and love of art later on. From there, I always had an eye on the fashion industry. It’s amazing how styling on paper transitions so easily to styling on real people.

What’s your style philosophy? Make every piece your own! I love a good challenge with pieces that feel uniquely not my style—some of those items even become favorites. With the right accessories, you can make anything work for your personal style, so have fun and have a sense of humor when outfitting yourself. I’m also someone who loves creating a variety of ways to wear basics. I try to do my own Ultimate Closet and reinvent pieces over and over again. It’s great to wear items I know I’m comfortable with, but discover new pairings. It helps keep my wardrobe feeling new and fresh.

What one item in your closet could you not live without? My lapis Pamela Love pyramid necklace. It goes with everything and the stone is mesmerizingly beautiful.

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Tuesday, July 30th 2013

The Daily Find: LAVEER Bomber Jacket

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

What it is: LAVEER Wool & Leather Bomber
Why we love it: A cyan wool body is a cool contrast to luxe oxblood leather sleeves.
Wear it with: A Jonathan Simkhai button-down and DSQUARED2 jeans.

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Monday, July 29th 2013

Studio Sounds: Rock Covers

Sometimes a Monday afternoon calls for a loud, hard mix. In this case, we’re jamming out to some of our favorite tunes, covered by rock groups.

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Monday, July 29th 2013

The Daily Find: Joe’s Jeans Pumps

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

What they are: Joe’s Jeans Laney Suede d’Orsay Pumps
Why we love them: Smooth leather straps add a modern element to this classic style.
Wear them with: A sexy Rebecca Taylor sheath dress and tousled waves.

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Friday, July 26th 2013

Break Time: Wine, Popsicles & Ants.

July is wrapping up, and I have picnics on the brain. The food, the grass, the relaxed mood—nothing beats an al fresco dinner. So, to end the week, I leave you with a few articles on some picnic essentials: wine, frosty treats, and those little six-legged party crashers.

When it comes to wine, I’m pretty flexible. As long as it’s not too pricey and not too sweet, I’m happy. But this roundup up of the most expensive bottles of wine in history, blows my $10 favorites out of the water!
[Mental Floss]

One summer, in college, my friends and I pounded through a carton—yes, a carton—of ice pops per weekend. Needless to say, I’m a bit of a frozen ice expert. Collectors Weekly looked back on the history of the cold concoction. But, don’t read it too fast, you’ll get mental brain freeze.
[Collectors Weekly]

No picnic is complete without a visit from a few scurrying black ants. But why not add some color? Scientist Mohamed Babu fed dyed sugar water to translucent ants and the result was a brilliant kaleidoscope of creepy crawlies.
[This is Colossal]

--Libby S.


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Friday, July 26th 2013

She’s The Bop: Charli XCX


Charli XCX. Photo by Dan Curwin.

Do you know Charlotte Aitchison? No, but you probably know her alter ego, Charli XCX. The rising pop star is currently on tour, all over the radio, and plastered across various fashion inspiration boards. She's also a new face of Max Factor in London, and it's only a matter of time before American beauty brands catch up. (The real question: are there more Charli XCX fan pages on Tumblr or more remixes of "I Don't Care," her hit song with Icona Pop?)

It's hard being a rock n' roll style darling, but we still managed to snag the very busy Brit in between face time with screaming crowds.

FARAN KRENTCIL: Do you remember what you wore to your first concert?
CHARLI XCX: I don't remember the exact outfit, but it was probably something terrible. I started first going to gigs when I was in my Avril Lavigne phase, so I probably wore some trouser/skirt combo with lots of belts. I reckon I probably wore a tie too, and everything was probably from Claire's Accessories. Yeah, good times.

FK: Name the most random place you've ever heard one of your songs playing.
CX: I heard one of my songs being played in a pub toilet once. That was glamorous.

FK: Very. You're friends with another one of our style crushes, Marina Diamandis from Marina and the Diamonds. How did you first meet?
CX: We met at a few parties, but we properly started hanging out when we were on tour with Coldplay together.

FK: Do you ever steal clothes from each other?
CX: We have very different styles, so we tend not to swap clothes too much, [but] she did give me a cute crop top once.

FK: Your eye makeup is always epic, but how do you keep it on for an entire concert?! There must be a secret.
CX: Haha, I don't know! I apply everything quite heavy around my eyes. I love liquid liner. Usually, I'll use the Dior art pen. And then the trick is lots of mascara. I use Max Factor's Wild Mega mascara. It's so good.

FK: What movie or TV show do you watch constantly on your tour bus?
CX: I watch a lot of Daria on the road and also Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is my dream man.

FK: Please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "bubble."
CX: Ummmm, ok... School girl meets cherry cola bubble gum cheerleader grunge princess. Yeah, that.

--Faran

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Friday, July 26th 2013

Exclusive Interview: Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker

Alexandra Spencer launched her blog, 4th and Bleeker, out of boredom, and in a few short years, it morphed into a business with clients like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and J Brand. Known for her sex appeal and deft mix of high and low fashion, Spencer brings a totally unique point of view to the world of personal style blogs. We took a moment to talk with her about fashion and blogging.

SHOPBOP: How would you describe your personal style?
ALEXANDRA SPENCER: Somewhere between a ’90s Calvin Klein ad and an Italian mistress.

SB: What are some of your go-to brands?
AS: Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, Zara, Friend of Mine.

SB: You call Sydney, New York, and London home. Does your look change based on where you are?
AS: Absolutely! Sydney is super relaxed, and London is always cold. But I think my favorite city in the world to get dressed in is New York. It’s the only place where anything goes. During the day I can walk around in a pair of skinny jeans and a vintage tee, but then at night I can go out in a pair of stilettos and my favorite little black dress. 

SB: You’re known as a model, blogger, and photographer. What other things are you itching to do?
AS: I'd like to go back to designing, which was my original profession before I started modeling and blogging.

SB: If you had to pick one outfit to wear for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AS: Tough question! I'm not sure. But you can count on it being all black.

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Friday, July 26th 2013

Style Steal: Fjallraven Mini Backpack

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 sturdy two-tone Fjallraven backpack in a diminutive size.
The Price: $55 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: The school-yard silhouette is all grown-up, and perfect for geek-chic styling.

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