Monday, December 23rd 2013

Shopbop Weddings: Picture Perfect

There are a lot of decisions to be made while planning a wedding, with one of the biggest being the photographer. This was the case for Shopbop photographer John, who married his wife Heather in a beautiful farm setting. We talked to the newlyweds about their amazing wedding—seriously, there were chickens!—and got a few insider photography tips for brides-to-be.

SHOPBOP: Congratulations you two! Tell me about where you got married.
JOHN & HEATHER: We got married on John’s parents’ country property, under an arch that Heather and her aunt made from cedar trees, surrounded by wildflowers.

SB: That sounds beautiful. Did the weather hold up?
J&H: It was perfect—sunny with a slight breeze. But exactly when the ceremony was scheduled to start, it started raining. We delayed by 30 minutes and our guests waited under the tent and had a few drinks. The best part was that with the rain came a double rainbow that stayed through the ceremony.

SB: You’re kidding! That’s incredible. Ok, on to wardrobe. What did you both wear?
H: I wore a strapless ivory lace dress and some hand-crafted jewelry made for me by a friend.
J: I wore grey pants with a white long-sleeve shirt and suspenders. We added color with ties. All the men had a different print.

SB: The dress is gorgeous. John, you also looked very handsome. I have to ask about the hair. (Check the pictures—John has some enviable locks.)
H: I guess we both did braids! I had an updo, with multiple braids woven throughout. And my sister-in-law pulled John’s hair back into a french braid.

SB: Love it! So, what was it like when you saw each other for the first time?
J&H: It was very emotional seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle! We both could not look at each other without crying.

SB: I can imagine. Next up is the reception. How did you decorate?
J&H: With the help of family and friends! As a group, we did all of the decorating and prep, from growing our own flowers to cutting placemats out of burlap. Heather’s mom even made the cake. We had really cute cake toppers too—a hen and rooster, of course!—but we forgot them.

SB: Oh no! I’m sure you’ll find another place for them. What was the vibe of the reception?
J&H: It was very laid back. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable, to just be able to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. From our first dance—Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”—to the last, people were having a great time. At about 4am we could still hear music playing from our “honeymoon suite”—a.k.a. our tent—about 500 yards away.

SB: Sounds like a wonderful day. It’s hard to narrow it down, but try to describe the whole day in 5 words or less.
J&H: Perfect, amazing, real, love, fun!!

SB: Lovely. Now John, you are a photographer here at Shopbop. How did that influence the process of selecting someone to shoot the big day?
J: As a photographer, many of my friends are photographers too. I had worked with Cory many times and we are pretty close. Heather and I both knew he would be the perfect fit.

SB: How involved were you on the day in setting up shots and asking for pictures of things?
J: We let Cory do his thing—he is very talented.

SB: Did you take any pictures that day?
J: Yes, I took a few pictures before the ceremony while getting ready, and then busted out the camera later that night on the dance floor.

SB: Awesome. Did you learn anything from being on the other side of the lens that would be helpful to future brides?
J: Yes, I realized how hard it is to smile for a million pictures, when there is so much going on around you. My advice is to try to relax and stay in the moment. It all goes by so fast, and you want to be able to remember it all.

SB: That’s so true. All right, last question. What is the most important thing to look for when picking out a wedding photographer?
J: Compatibility. You will spend so much time with them on what is such a huge, important day. You have to be comfortable with that person.

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Monday, December 23rd 2013

Studio Sounds: Stuck on You

Attendance in the office this week is pretty low—meaning there are less people to please music-wise. So, with the power of the playlist resting solely in my hands, the mix full of those loud, sticky songs that you just can’t get out of your head.

 

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Monday, December 23rd 2013

The Daily Find: Diane von Furstenberg Mini Bag

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

What it is: DVF Highline Micro Mini Cross-Body Bag
Why we love it: A pink snakeskin panel brings tonal texture to the small silhouette.
Wear it with: A classic mix of black-and-white separates.

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Friday, December 20th 2013

Break Time: A Numbers Game

I’m a list-maker: to-do lists, pro/con lists, grocery lists. Numbering just makes everything more digestible. This week, I dove deep into the depths of the internet to find the best three lists ever created. Did I succeed? Absolutely not—the internet is big. But here are three pretty funny and cool compilations anyway.

Math was never my strong suit. It’s too absolute—there’s no room for creativity. Or maybe there is. These 38 hilarious test answers prove that .05 is not always less than 1.
[Distractify]

I enjoy exclusivity. Anything that is only available to a few is instantly more desirable. This mindset makes these 10 off-limits travel destinations even more alluring. Covert trip to the Lascaux Caves, anyone?
[Oddee]

My husband is one of those people who always watches the full run of credits for a movie, because, “What if there is something cool?” I guess this list of the 18 funniest things from movie credits proves him right.
[BuzzFeed]

--Libby S.

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Friday, December 20th 2013

Style Steal: Blue Life Jumpsuit

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: An elegant Blue Life jumpsuit.
The Price: $191 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Ditch your LBD and try this unexpected style for a night out. The wide-leg silhouette and deep-V neck are seriously sexy.

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Thursday, December 19th 2013

Holiday Heels from Casadei

From holiday fêtes to New Year’s Eve, party season is in full swing, and one surefire way to make a festive impression is with a killer shoe. Cesare Casadei, creative director of designer shoe brand Casadei, knows a thing or two about crafting a statement sandal. We talked to him about the origins of the brand and what goes into a Casadei design.

SHOPBOP: Casadei started out designing sandals for fashionable vacationers on the Adriatic Riviera. How has the collection evolved since then?
CESARE CASADEI: The brand Casadei was founded in 1958 by my parents, Quinto and Flora Casadei. Since the very beginning, we focused on quality, research of design, and use of innovative materials, proposing collections entirely made in Italy. This approach has not changed. Of course, there has been an evolution in style. I always look to the future to find new forms, materials, and structures that can give the woman who wears Casadei shoes new emotions.

SB: All Casadei shoes are proudly made in Italy. How important is that to your company heritage?
CC: I’m very proud to preserve the company’s heritage and to uphold its complete in-house production at the headquarters in San Mauro Pascoli. This way, we control all our production, giving to our customers a product that is 100% made in Italy.

SB: What makes a Casadei shoe special?
CC: For me, the most important qualities that make a shoe design special are the combination of brilliant ideas in terms of innovative structures and materials, sense of aesthetic and proportion, as well as technical skills in the art of footwear. Our aim is always to create elegant and sophisticated styles with a perfect fit.

SB: It’s holiday party season, and the statement-making detailing on Casadei shoes makes them perfect for special events. Which styles would you suggest?
CC: For the holidays we propose any of our elegant sandals—for example, the Strappy Stiletto Sandals in black are beautifully highlighted by gold metal details.

SB: Any styling tips to really showcase a perfect pair of pumps?
CC: It depends on the woman who is wearing and interpreting them. For me, style is something very personal.

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Thursday, December 19th 2013

Wise Words: Gore Vidal


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Thursday, December 19th 2013

The Daily Find: Zimmermann Sneakers

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

What they are: Zimmermann Floral Printed Sneakers
Why we love them: A tropical print on comfy sneaks will put a (literal and figurative) spring in your step.
Wear them with: Cuffed skinnies, a favorite tee, and a cardi for a perfect weekend warrior look.

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Wednesday, December 18th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Swim Trends

Resortwear has started to fill the pages of What’s New. To get ready for beach season, we asked stylist Loni to break down the latest trends in swimwear.

It's wild to think about swimwear when the temperatures are below freezing, but here are a few musings to help you prepare for your winter getaway—or just to help transport your thoughts to warmer times. Big trends in swim for the coming seasons are black and white one-pieces, printed cover-ups, and surf-inspired pieces.


OndadeMar one-piece, Karla Colletto one-piece, Luli Fama once-piece.

BLACK & WHITE
Black and white can read mod in the best way, especially in the cool, one-piece silhouettes of 2014. Opt for some white sunnies, a structured PVC tote, and a pop of yellow or kelly green.


JADEtribe cover-up, 9seed cover-up, Tigerlily cover-up.

PRINTED COVER-UPS
When it comes to printed cover-ups—think big florals, bold animal print, or bright paisleys—I'm always a fan of channeling your inner bohemian. Reach for a floppy hat, natural leather sandals, a jute bag, and beaded jewels.


Seea rash guards and Tallow wetsuit.

SURF INSPIRED
Lastly, surf pieces bring out the inner athlete in everyone. Mist your hair with sea salt spray, grab some bright Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and slip on your Havaianas for a day on the beach. Happy swimming!

--Loni

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Wednesday, December 18th 2013

The Daily Find: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli 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 mini version of the classic Pashli in a resort-ready color.
Wear it with: Dark neutrals rike black and charcoal for winter, then with floral prints and pastels come spring.

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