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Summer Essentials

 

It’s officially summer, you know what that means…. summer must haves are here! We’ve come up with the perfect summer ready outfit and accessories. Whether you’re going to tan with your friends or to a pool party, you can’t go wrong with these summer essentials. We’ve got you covered from what you should be wearing to what to put in your hair to maintain those beach waves.

Our number one bikini choice for this summer is Triangl Swimwear. These bikinis are simple, but the perfect pop of color. They are great for accessorizing with any cover up or with Asos’ summer kimonos.

Kimonos are all the rage this summer. You can wear them to the beach with you bikini or throw it over some jean shorts and a simple tank top to dress up your outfit. It’s a simple piece that you must have in your closet this summer to accessorize any outfit.

Now I know finding the perfect summer bag may seem difficult, but I am proud to say after lots and I means lots of research I am 100% obsessed with Hudson+Bleecker’s tote bags. They have literally thought of everything and lined the inside of their totes with water resistant material, which makes it perfect to take your tote anywhere you want without having to worry about ruining it. The Hudson+Bleecker tote is literally mess free, so don’t be afraid to take it wherever you go this summer.

To finish accessorizing your outfit you need some killer sandals this summer. Kayu has designed the cutest sandals that are perfect to rock all summer long. At only $105 you’ll be glad you bought these sandals. To complete your summer look you need Bumble and Bumble’s surf spray, which gives you the perfect beach waves without actually having to go to the beach.

1-    Triangl Bikini: $79

2-    Asos Kimono: $66.69

3-    Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: $26

4-    Kayu Sandals: $105

5-    Hudson+Bleecker: $98 

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15 Things Every Woman Should Have….Hear Me Out.

You know those “what every woman should know in their…” or “what you should have accomplished by…” lists? While I’m guilty of reading my fair share of those, I cant say that many of them are realistic or relatable by “every woman”.  But I do think I found the one list  most women can probably relate to and agree with (especially all you fashion lovers). Leandra Medine breaks it down for Harpers Bazaar readers with 15 pretty basic things. Check it out when you get a chance – it’s short and sweet! #15 is my personal favorite. Click the Pic:

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M.I.A for….Versace?

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Just when we thought we were done with collaborations for the moment – last November, rapper M.I.A let fans see a screen shot of her desktop with the words “Bootleg Versace” written across it.  According to WWD, Donatella Versace is now confirming the collaboration between Versace and the artist.  M.I.A. will be contributing to Versace’s more affordable brand; Versus.  The collection will be centered around Versace knockoff’s, a collection knocking off the knockoffs…brilliant.   Just the kind of twist you would expect M.I.A to bring to a collab.   The collection is set to hit stores October 16th, so we won’t have to wait very long to see what this is all about.   Definitely an unexpected way to merge creative minds and we are pretty psyched to see the results.  Stay tuned…

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Isabel Marant for H&M is Here.

And OH MAN is it worth the wait…

Landing in stores on November 14th, cult designer Isabel Marant’s capsule collection for H&M definitely won’t disappoint.  A broad collection of classically Marant pieces include everything from embroidered denim & moto pants to fringed sweaters & embellished ikat jackets.  Due to a current obsession with making a statement below the waist these days, we are especially digging the insane range of printed, luxe, brilliantly cut pants.  Retailing from $40-$400, the assortment is well worth shelling out the cash and definitely will require an early morning lineup at flagship H&M locations…you better believe we’ll be among the first to arrive.  For the full collection check out Vogue.com.

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Naturally Beautiful Accessories for Earth Day

 

 

 

 

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One of the biggest statements these days is to make products that are natural and eco-friendly and the CFDA is making sure that the Fashion Industry is keeping up with the trends by putting together a sustainability committee headed by Scott Mackinlay Hahn of Rogan/Loomstate and Melissa Joy Manning with steering members Pamela Love, Maria Cornejo, Victoria Bartlett, and Tina Lutz.  The committee will be responsible for educating, collaborating with, and mentoring designers on ways to implement eco-friendly practices in to their designs and businesses.

Like the CFDA, handbag designer Jamie Lim of Kayu and jewelry designer Kevia Jeffrey-West of Kevia believe in creating accessories that are not only stunning, but are good for the Earth as well.

Kayu, meaning wood in Indonesian, creates elegant and bold clutches, handbags, and small accessories that show off the natural beauty of its materials like Straw, Satin, Jute, and Tinalak.  Her creative and exquisitely executed use of sustainable materials has earned Lim the prestigious Earth Award for Fashion in 2009 and was a finalist for the Eco Domani Fashion Award in 2010.  To further the brand’s mission, Kayu donates a portion of each sale to various healthcare and educational initiatives.

Kevia has long desired to create a completely eco-friendly collection since the brand’s inception and was recently able to do so by producing every piece from 100% recycled metal and wood as well as sustainably harvested and naturally treated wood, but she didn’t stop there.  Her entire business is green – from the factories where the jewelry is produced, the streamlined packaging system that reduces the amount of materials needed, to her offices which use only recyclable items, compost their food, power with renewable energy, and heat with natural gas while purchasing offsets to counter 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions.  Just in time for Earth Day, Kevia was inspired to create a collection inspired by 5 endangered species – the European Stag Beetle, American Burying Beetle, Spotted Owl, Swallowtail Butterfly, and Doloff Spider – which pays homage to their natural beauty and iconography.  15% of net proceeds from this collection will go towards Nature Restoration & Environmental Restoration Projects.

Going green never looked this good!

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Shopbevel.com Allows Indie Jewelry Designers to Show Off Their Skills

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“Crowdfunded fashion: so hot right now.Patrick Robinson recently launched his new clothing brand via Kickstarter. Hong Kong startup ZaoZao is making inroads in Asia, introducing online shoppers to the region’s up-and-coming designers. And New York-based Cut on Your Bias is giving users a chance to actually participate in designing the garments its indie label’s create.

Only time will tell whether or not any of these concepts have lasting power. The first round of crowdfunded and crowdsourced fashion—most notably Fashion Stake,launched in 2010 as a crowdfunded site and relaunched as a traditional e-commerce sites under new owners Fab.com in 2011—weren’t so successful. When it came down to it, shoppers didn’t want to design their own clothes, or even vote on designs. Too much work.

However, entrepreneur Courtney McColgan thinks that these days—that is, two years later—customers want a bit of say. Maybe not complete control, but at least some input. That’s why she’s launched Shopbevel, which helps indie jewelry designers get their work shown to thousands of online shoppers. “Designers submit designs, the community votes, and Shopbevel produces selected winners,” the site concisely explainsScreen Shot 2013-03-18 at 5.14.28 PM

But what makes McColgan, who has raised $750,000 in seed funding from venture capital firms including Lightbank (run by two Groupon founders) and Great Oaks (early investors in Warby Parker and Bonobos), think it’s going to work this time around? “Jewelry designers are very widespread—and there’s a lot of them,” says the Stanford Business School grad, who counts ex-Threadless chief creative officer Jeffrey Kalmikoff as an advisor.

Indeed, Threadless is a much bigger inspiration for McCoglan than Kickstarter. Every piece produced is under $100, and Shopbevel takes care of the difficult part of the business—producing the product and holding the inventory.The designer receives a 15% royalty on every piece sold—not much, but then again he or she doesn’t have to worry about the backend stuff. Plus, there’s plenty of free marketing and exposure.

That’s not to say production has been easy for McColgan to pull off. “Obviously jewelry is harder than t-shirts,” she says. To figure out the manufacturing side of things, she spends half of her time abroad visiting factories and also scouting for new designers. (It helps that she spent four years before grad school helping to launch a non-profit in China. She took a year off from undergrad just to learn Chinese.)

McColgan has also had a tiny bit of practice. She initially launched Shopbevel under the name Crowd Jewel at the end of 2011 (with a $50,000 investment). Crowd Jewel hosted its first contest in January 2012, attracting 68 designers and 4,500 votes—she sold 20 pieces of jewelry in that first round. Shopbevel is like Crowd Jewel 2.0, just with lots more funding and a much more robust manufacturing program.

Will shoppers bite? Check out Shopbevel.com and let us know what you think.” – Fashionista

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Dreaming of “Paris Haute Couture” Exhibit

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Probably one of the most over-used and misused terms in fashion these days is “haute couture,” which translates to “high sewing” meaning that it is made with the finest fabrics, carefully sewn by hand, and has incredible attention to detail.  With ready-to-wear pieces now costing sometimes upwards of thousands, it is easy to see where the confusion could come in.

Thankfully the Hôtel de Ville in Paris has created the exhibit, “Paris Haute Couture,” with help from sponsor Swarovski, who has been helping couture pieces dazzle since they were created to show what haute couture truly means.

The exhibit, which runs through July 6, 2013, shows the history of haute couture through video and photos as well to help viewers understand the complete process of creating the impecable garments.  And of course there are over 100 dresses, from well and lesser-known designers, to make you truly appreciate these works of art.

“A darling pink taffeta dress from Yves Saint Laurent’s short tenure at Dior is there, alongside the work of the house’s namesake and its last designer, John Galliano. And it’s interesting to compare the Chanel skirt suits—one by Coco Chanel, the other by Karl Lagerfeld—next to each other. There are plenty of gowns from lesser-known designers as well, offering a bit of surprise alongside the standards.” –Fashionista

If you’re like me and most likely won’t make it to Paris in time to see this incredible exhibit, then head over to Fashionista to see their incredible slideshow complete with videos and photos from the exhibit.  It will leave you saying J’adore haute couture!

Paris Haute Couture from Swarovski on Vimeo.

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