Friday, February 28th 2014

Stripes & Sequins x Matt Bernson

Shoe designer Matt Bernson and fashion blogger Grace Atwood of Stripes & Sequins have teamed up for a sparkle-filled collection of ballet flats. In each pair, Atwood’s love of glam is infused into Bernson’s classic silhouettes, resulting in practical, comfortable, and eye-catching designs. We talked to the two shoe lovers about their experiences working together and the inspiration behind the collection.

Grace in an A.L.C. dress. Photo credit: Lydia Hudgen.

SHOPBOP: Describe the collection in 6 words or less.
GRACE ATWOOD: Girly, sparkly, fun!
MATT BERNSON: Fun, Grace-ful, wearable, energetic, collaborative.

SB: What was your inspiration for the collection?
GA: I wanted to make sure the flats were wearable. Even though I could have easily gotten carried away with the glitter, I didn’t want them to be too over-the-top. Matt’s shoes are insanely comfortable, and I wanted to design a shoe that would be equally practical, so we went with more subtle touches—a glittery polka dot or toe cap. The Izabel mini-wedges are the glitziest in the collection, but I think the stripes temper their extravagance.
MB: Grace and I met through Twitter. She tweeted that she loved the Waverly ballet flat, and then we started emailing about working together. I felt the clear vision of her blog could be applied to our silhouettes. The Matt Bernson team worked hard to present Grace with materials and options that would spark her creativity, and she in turn came up with the ideas. The inspiration was an appreciation of each other’s aesthetic.

SB: What did you love most about working with each other, and what was the most valuable thing you learned from the process? 
GA: Matt and his team are such lovely and gracious people, making them very easy to work with. I learned that not every great idea translates to a shoe. It took a lot of tries to arrive at each final design.
MB: Grace is a sweet and easy person to talk to. We were able to keep things positive and moving forward from start to finish. She loves fashion and a fun DIY project, so we made sure to capture that in the shoes.

The Stripes & Sequins x Matt Bernson Mulberry flats come in pink, silver, and turquoise glitter.

SB: Grace, you admit to a sparkle obsession and we love how a little bit of glam is incorporated into each pair of shoes. In what other ways did your personal style influence the designs?
GA: I am a sparkle addict, but a subdued one. If I wear a statement necklace or a sequined skirt, I keep the rest of my look simple and classic. This kind of practicality is reflected in the collection. The flats have plenty of sparkle but maintain classic appeal.

SB: Which pair of shoes from the collection will you wear most often? How will you style them?
GA: I will probably wear the grey polka-dot flats the most, simply because they are the most neutral pair in the collection, but I have a soft spot for the pink pair. I’m excited for the temperature to warm up so I can wear them with my skinny white ankle jeans and a floaty camisole.

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Friday, February 28th 2014

Break Time: For the Kids

A Facebook feed full of baby pictures is a hazard of my current age bracket. Birth announcements and parenting advice have slowly replaced fuzzy party pics and drama-ridden status updates. I’ve decided to bring some of the excitement back. Below are three very cool, but still kid- centered, articles. Feel free to share.

I’m not a huge fan of kids’ movies, but this complex theory about Pixar films might change my mind. This “whistle-blowing” author links every single Pixar movie in an incredibly well-supported timeline. It’s insane and yet oddly believable.
[JonNegroni.com]

A crying child is nothing to laugh at—except when it is. This compilation of tantrum-inducers is hilarious, especially because there isn’t audio.
[The Meta Picture]

My mom and dad bribed me with candy to sit still for family photos—still works, by the way—but these parents from the 1800s had to do a lot more. Exposure times were so long, they had to hide in the background to keep their kids from squirming, making for some very strange portraits.
[22 Words]

--Libby S.

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Friday, February 28th 2014

Style Steal: Otte New York Skirt

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: Printed Otte New York Skirt
The Price: $187 (USD)
Why it’s worth it: Polka dots make this fit-and-flare skirt extra flirty.

Shop this Otte New York Printed Morgan Skirt.


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Thursday, February 27th 2014

Statement Earrings for Spring

Pair these Elizabeth Cole earrings with a silky white tee to showcase the jade detailing.

Sure, those little studs go with everything in your wardrobe, but they also often go unnoticed. Let’s face it—they’re either lost in a sea of hair or don’t stand a chance against bolder accessories. This season, let a pair of face-framing statement earrings be the focal point of your outfit. The right pair can transform just about any look, whether it’s a date-night LBD or a plain tee and worn-in skinnies. For a special occasion, elegant shoulder-grazing earrings with an updo work in place of all other accessories. Headed to the office? Throw on multicolored drops to perfectly offset an all-black ensemble.

—Madeline

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Thursday, February 27th 2014

The Daily Find: Yumi Kim Romper

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

What it is: Yumi Kim Liz Romper
Why we love it: Multicolored prints lend a lively aesthetic to a relaxed silhouette.
Wear it with: Maison Martin Margiela mules and a Dean Davidson ring.

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Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Ask Shopbop: A Postcard from Spring


Some of Loni’s top picks for spring: a cropped Daftbird tank, a lightweight Free People cardigan, chunky Swedish Hasbeens sandals, cool cutoff Levi’s shorts, a black Mara Hoffman bikini, a floral MSGM tote, and classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers.

It might still be below zero, but there's something in the air that feels like spring. The days are getting longer and the sun is higher in the sky… finally! Although shorts season is still a way off, it's never good to be caught off your fashion guard, so to speak. Shop for spring staples now, while you have your pick of the lot, and bring your favorite pieces from prior summers out of storage. It's fun to lay out the building blocks of your new-season look. Mix and match until you find some go-to ensembles that feel like the perfect blend of old and new.

--Loni

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Wednesday, February 26th 2014

The Daily Find: Imogene + Willie Jeans

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

What they are: Imogene + Willie Lucy Jeans
Why we love them: A straight fit and medium wash make these jeans the perfect go-to pair.
Wear them with: A 6397 tee and Rachel Comey booties.

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Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Which Wash? The Search for Non-Dark Denim

I just bought a new couch. It’s my first big furniture purchase, and I am extremely protective of it, which has had an unintended consequence on my wardrobe. The majority of my denim is in a super-flattering dark wash—great for me, not so great on my newly acquired light tan sofa. Instead of throwing up my hands to the inevitable blue stains, I’m investing in some less transferable washes: light and white.


Pair these J Brand Love Story Flares with a chambray AG Adriano Goldschmied shirt in a slightly lighter shade for a cool denim-on-denim look.

LIGHT-WASH DENIM
Say “light-wash denim” to a child of the ’80s/’90s and you can expect a wave of nightmarish tales about acid-wash. But the modern renditions have none of the tapered waist, long back pocket, or mom-jean fit issues of the past. I’m obsessed with both the lightest-hued J Brand Love Story Jeans and the super-distressed One Teaspoon Freebird Jeans.


Distressed white Free People jeans and an A.L.C. sweater offer a fresh take on transitional spring dressing.

WHITE DENIM
A perfect pair of white denim is a wardrobe must. They are worth the risk of spills (not that I’ll ever be eating or drinking on my new couch) and the necessity of nude underwear. Nothing feels as fresh as white jeans in spring. Skinnies are a no brainer, but a bell-bottom silhouette can add an unexpected nautical sensibility.

--Libby S.

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Tuesday, February 25th 2014

The Daily Find: Just Female Jacket

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

What it is: Just Female Brazil Kimono Jacket
Why we love it: A kimono-inspired jacket in bright blue is a clean and sophisticated addition to a neutral outfit.
Wear it with: An Equipment blouse and Just Female pants.

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Monday, February 24th 2014

The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden

Shoe mogul Steve Madden and Italy’s top fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, have partnered up for an edgy collection of booties, sandals, and slip-ons—all hitting the pages of Shopbop this week, just in time for spring. The nine-style series features sky-high heels, exotic prints, luxe metallics, and attention-grabbing buckles. Inspired by the frenetic NYC lifestyle and Chiara’s own eclectic taste, the shoes come in a wide range of designs, spanning rocker chic to ultra-glam.

Shop these NYC Slip On Sneakers.

Shop these Milan Lace Up Booties.
Shop The Blonde Salad x Steve Madden.


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