We’re all about our bloggers here at Shoppalu. So you have no idea how excited we were to sit down with Kassandra, blogger at Kastles and founder of an exciting community called Kanata. Kanata hails from the Great White North (like us!) and supports the fashion blogger community here. What we love most about Kassandra is how sweet she is, the beautiful snowy backdrops from Alberta, and best of all her love for vintage and leopard.
1) How long have you been blogging for? What made you start? I have been blogging for around 1 1/2 years. At that time in my life, I was doing a lot for everyone around me. I wanted something all to myself, that is how, Kastles began.
2) How would you describe your aesthetic? A mix mash. I feel that my style changes daily. Depending on my mood, it can fluctuate all over the place!
3) Your does perfect outfit consists of? Usually anything with layered jewelry and a touch of leopard print!
4) A Fall/Winter trend you can’t live without…… Anything leather! I am obsessed with leather and leather details!
5) One thing on your bucket list you have to do: Create my own clothing line!
Who didn’t fall in love with the Olsen twins back in the 80s when they first starred in Full House as Michelle Tanner? Born two minutes apart, the dynamic duo has been famous since they were 9 months old. They’ve worn sample clothes from Marc Jacobs and Chanel especially made for them since they were 6 years old. And they’ve always been in Vogue. So were you really surprised when Vogue US decided to name the Olsen Twins The Best Dressed of 2011? Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen today has been named the most successful 30 under the 30 and owns two successful high-end clothing labels. They’re stylish and chic and has proven that style can really be their own. So when we decided to do a special tribute this week of fashion icons, we definitely agreed with Vogue Fashion News Director and Editor, Mark Holgate, in saying that this was really “kinda, a no-brainer”, don’t you think so too?
Got the Christmas blues now that the turkey goodness has set? Not to worry, this season, we can defy the dreary weather, stand out and impress with “The Shine”. Designers this season stray away from the classic blacks, greys, and neutral tones. Using colourful metallic colours, minimalistic cuts and a bit of prints, it is time for us to let it shine with high sheen silks, sequins and metal-like fabrics. This trend can be seen in many collections including Dolce & Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Versace, and Brioni.
We had the chance to chat with Rachella from TheOnlyFashionPrincess.blogspot.com today. Rachella lives in Holland where bikes are the number one form of transportation and stroopwaffels are a must have (perhaps, daily?). Fahsionistas straddle a fine line between the fashion-forward Nordic aesthetic and the bright and colourful patterns from southern Europe. What are we most jealous of? The beautiful historical backdrop this girl gets to use to shoot her outfit posts!!
1) How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I’ve been blogging since the last days of July 2010. I red an article about fashion blogs in a magazine, and after visiting them I wanted to have one myself too. I was looking for a way to express my love for fashion for a while then, and I thought this would be the perfect solution. However, I never thought it would be this much fun, haha.
2) How would you describe your aesthetic?
I can’t find one word to describe my fashion style, but I think it’s really important to have at least one edge in an outfit. So, my fashion aesthetic is cute with an edgye, I guess. Nevertheless, almost everything can look good when wearing it with confidence, don’t you think?
3) Your perfect outfit consists of?
Oooh, that’s a though one. I like a lot of different things. But I think my perfect outfit would be total black with different textures. And I guess chunky heels, burberry jacket, stunning short dress, oversized sunglasses and a givenchy bag would be part of it!
4) A Fall trend you can’t live without…
Everything burgundy/navy is my favorite right now. And I love faux fur and leather oh so much.
5) One thing on your bucket list you have to do
Conquering the world, hahaha!
When November’s issue of Harper Bazaar first got released, we immediately fell in love with Terry Richardson’s editorial of Eniko Mihalik in "All Wrapped Up". Shot in the snowy, wilderness environment of Utah, the shots of Eniko are truly stunning. Captured the winter wonderland, Eniko stands out in her warm luxurious outfits we showcased this week in our runway fashions by DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and Burberry Prosam. This editorial really makes us want to be snowy Utah for the Christmas holidays coming up. It’s just simply perfect with her in luxious furs, the sleigh with the majestic white horse, and the snowy owl.
This season, designers turn away from dark shades and stun us with Winter Whites. With the White Swan inspired looks in mind, designers like Alexander McQueen, Valentino, and Elie Saab make make the Snow Queen jealous. They embrace the whimsical winter looks with sparkling whites, fairy princess-like gowns, dramatic capes, furs, and feathers. Because it’s a white white wonderland after all!
Of course, the master (mistress?) of drapery, Ms. Donna Karan was most definitely inspired by the prohibition era in her Fall 2008 presentation at New York Fashion week. The unmistakable 1920s bob, the wrap effect and the to-the-knee hemlines all came together to evoke this fanciful era in a modern way.
If you haven’t stopped by Melissa’s life & style blog,Miss Melissa you definitely should. You’ll not only get styling tips - you’ll also get how-to guides and recipes to delicious things. When we first heard back from her, we were delighted to work with someone as sweet as her… and the best is her belief in vintage, laughter, and chocolate. We got to interview Melissa in a short Q&A so here’s your chance to get Melissa a little more.
How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I’ve actually been blogging since 2006. Back then my blog was more of an online diary and no one read it haha. About a year ago I decided to focus on my blog on what I was most passionate about, styling clothes and chatting with my readers.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
My style is really difficult for me to define. It’s an expression of how I’m feeling that day and every day I’m feeling different. One day I might want to throw on jeans, a t-shirt, a blazer and flats and the next I might want to wear a frilly dress with some sky high heels.
What does your perfect outfit consists of?
It needs to be comfortable. I’m not sure when I became practical because I used to be a fashion over function kind of gal but lately I find if I’m not comfy in my outfits it’s a deal breaker.
A Fall/Winter trend you can’t live without……
Faux fur. I’ve been throwing my faux fur vest over everything. It has been keeping me so warm and cozy!
One thing on your bucket list you have to do:
Travel Europe. I’ve been obsessively watching travel shows and I think it’s time I actually go visit some of these places!
It’s become pretty obvious lately, that there’s been a resurgence of period dramas on the big and small screen. We see shows like Pan Am and Mad Men and their ability to take us back to a time when hemlines were longer, collars were higher and bodices were tighter. As you may all be aware now, our theme of the week is 20s. Which means it’s more than appropriate to do a little intro on one of our fav shows at the moment, “Boardwalk Empire”.
Set in the 20s, this post war decade gives the perfect backdrop to the stories of speakeasy clubs, average men risking their lives for the good ol drink, and of course, women’s suffrage
and this newly acquired liberty to be able to express oneself through luxurious garb and a decadent lifestyle. This love of cigarettes and mink shrugs definitely have us drinking the kool-aid.
History 101: Known as the “Roaring Twenties”, this decade was known as the time when the whole world had changed. Our world had just lived through the first ever world war and life was good again. The economic boom in the United States made this period a time of lux and wealth. High quality clothing, especially fur, became prevalent, and fashion was never the same again. The style from this decade may seem shapeless and conservative to us now, but being able to pull it off allows the most stylish of the streets to easily carry an air of je ne sais quoi.
The flapper women is redefined this season on the runways. In the 20s, the flapper woman wore short skirts, had short bobs, and lived vicariously. This season, the 20s flapper flirts with a touch of grunge and glam. Beading, fringing and furs enrich outfits. Loose-fitting flapper dresses. Finger waves return. The words: luxurious and glam are what this season is all about. So lookout, because the 20s flapper is here to stay until the next season and again, redefined today’s flapper gal. This season think three things: Coco Chanel, The Great Gatsby, and Jazz.