Don’t you hate getting an item and only wearing it with a specific pair of jeans…and that’s it? What about getting called out for having a fav sweater when you swear you only wear it twice a week to the office. Those are the fundamental ingredients for making one hate her own closet. Using one piece of clothing from our site, the Press Liya Cream Blouse (on sale), we put together 2 outfits that will take you from day to night easily.
We paired the blouse with the ideal pair of vintage dress pants, a simple blazer from Urban Outfitters, and the Holland necklace from Beth Lauren to give you an easy day outfit for the office. Add in a top knot and some tie-up Volatile pumps and you’re ready for your 10 am.
For apres work, we put the same blouse together with this season’s easiest maxi skirt, the Mink Pink Kaylen maxi, and added in our favourite necklace of all time right now, the Beth Lauren Gato Necklace. Top it off some JC wedges and you’re good to go for a night out.
Vanessa Santos is the name behind the brand and blog, Pure Lovers. This Portuguese beauty combines a strong style of her Mediterranean influences and the trends of the West Coast and Australia of today. Vanessa’s beautifully stylistic back drops, attitude and of course a fierce closet of clothing makes this blogger one to watch.
Vanessa’s wearing a Shoppalu vintage sequin top.
1) How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
1 ) I’ve been blogging for two years now. The fact that I loved fashion so much, was my main reason to start blogging because when you blog you can share what inspires you, what captivates and fascinates you, with the entire world. I really wanted to share more about my passion with people around, so that’s why I’ve started it. Everyone of us have a particular vision about something and fashion is all about being creative and being unique, so I thought “why not?” and it was the best decision ever.
2) How would you describe your aesthetic?
2) Well, I’m really mixed. I have a passion for vintage… because I think by wearing timeless pieces and adapting them to your own style, you’ll be creating something unique. I also love leather jackets, some great heels and blouses. In fact, I think I like pretty much everything because I like the feeling of trying and experimenting something new all the time.
3) Your perfect outfit consists of?
3) My perfect outfit consists on a leather jacket, some heels, high waist-ed pants and a blouse or a little black dress… and last but not least, a dark or red lipstick. It can make a difference.
Love our stuff? Wanna see it in person? If you live in TO, free April 14th and wanna come to our friends and family shopping party, (filled with sangria) just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come hang out with the Shoppalu team and enjoy a night of shopping and some major discounts. Hollaaaa.
Emmanuelle Alt, the successor to Carine Roitfeld’s place as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, wears her signature outfit - a pair skinnies, a blazer or jacket and a pair of towering heels like no one else. Her appearance looks effortless and has a makeup free youthful appearance in front of the cameras. But it’s no wonder she’s so well-versed in the fashion industry since her mother Françoise, was a Lanvin and Nina Ricci model in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 2010, Alt contributed to the successful circulation which increased by 40,000 during the global financial crisis. How did she do it? Her love for nudity. As she puts it, “I am super French. It’s the body, it’s sexuality, it’s part of life.”
With Carine Roitfeld
Some of her handy work
prima donna for Vogue Paris, November 2011
Kate Moss for Vogue Paris, May 2011
More than a Woman - Arizona Muse for Vogue Paris, December 2011
As we all know, summer is the time to bring out the bold, vibrant colours that are going to stand out. What if we decided to tone it down a bit though, and didn’t always feel the need to be over the top? This season designers ventured into new territory as they toned down the vibrance and brought in pastels. Still maintaining a strong sense of colour, pretty pastels showcase a great way that we are able to bring a sense of ease and sophistication to our looks this season. Check out how designers such as Balmain, Diane von Furstenberg, Lanvin, Valentino and others used pastels this season on the runway.
Last week, Janice from Shoppalu, got invited to represent Aldo Shoes at the Travis Taddeo show in Toronto’s World Master Card Fashion Week. As we all know, the show was just half the fun. Fashion lovers descended on the Tents at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto and showcased some of the best pieces we don’t see just everywhere or every day, if you know what I mean. Enjoy! x
After graduating from LaSalle College in Montreal, Canada, Travis Taddeo decided to start his own fashion line. Showing his newest collection at Toronto’s most recent World of MasterCard Fashion Week, it was evident that Taddeo presents a clear vision within his designs.
Using clear and consistent lines, soft materials, Taddeo has no problem pushing boundaries. He does this by creating a solid balance between luxury and street wear. Check out photos below from when Shoppalu owner, Janice Liu, went to watch his show in Toronto. This is definitely a Canadian designer that is up and coming.
Blogger Spotlight: Fashionista + Mom = Aspiring New Moms Blog
This week, we had a chance to sit down with mommy blogger, Jennifer from Aspiring New Moms. Her blog is not only for new moms but for any fashionista looking for adding a little luxury, flattering fashion, and fabulous prizes to their day. We love that she offers her readers affordable fashion advice and styling guides. If you haven’t already, take a peek at some of the Affordable Designer Indulgences on a New Mom’s Budget for some great advice!
How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I have been blogging for around 9 months. I started blogging to provide fashion and beauty inspiration for busy moms. I try to give tips on quick beauty routines, effortless style, and a well rounded concept of beauty including taking care of yourself with rest and healthy food.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Classic. Simple. Elegant. I definitely have a quality over quantity philosophy. It is better to have a minimal closet with a few fabulous items. Whatever I buy has to make me feel glamorous.
What does your does perfect outfit consist of?
A great pair of jeans, sandals, a white t-shirt, a gorgeous handbag, silk scarf, and a vintage cocktail ring.
A Spring trend you can’t live without……
Hot colors like Fuchsia and Coral. I am also thrilled that high-waisted pants are in style. High-waisted jeans are so figure flattering!
One thing on your bucket list you have to do….
Go on a cruise around the world and blog about it.
And…a few more questions than the usual!
What drives your inspiration for your outfits?
I love timeless items that can be worn for years. I enjoy accessorizing basic pieces with whatever accessories fit my mood.
What do you love most about vintage?
I love the sentimental value. I have a black and white art deco pin from my grandmother that I love to accessorize with. Vintage pieces make a personal, nostalgic statement.
Legendary editor of French Vogue from 2001 to 2010, she may sound a little The Devil Wears Prada even though she’s been known as the Anti-Anna. Rumored to weigh her staff (she didn’t) and that everyone who worked for her at French Vogue was “very skinny and very beautiful.” To read interviews about her, she embodies every stereotype of a fashion editor.
In Dazed Magazine, December 2010
Nevertheless, she has been a tremendous influence in the fashion industry. She, along with Tom Ford and Mario Testino, is known for creating the “porno chic” we find in fashion today and pushing the limits. Never politically correct, she put Kate Moss on the cover of the magazine right after the cocaine scandal in 2005.
French Vogue 90th Anniversary Edition, typical of Roitfeld’s ‘porno chic’ aesthetic
Roitfeld’s last Vogue Paris cover with her friend Tom Ford
Summer is all about sun kissed skin, embracing the sun, bright colours, and really letting our own personal style shine. A great way to let our own personal style shine is to embrace your own personal style using a trend. The trend this week is “Ab Fab” and is a great new way to show some skin during the summer without selling yourself short. Let’s hit the gym together ladies because this trend is going to be huge this season. Not to mention, its super cute, chic, and can add a little bit of extra sex appeal to your look. Let’s check out how designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, and others used this trend on the runway.
Fashion Week Fix: Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week
Continuing with our tour around the world to different Fashion Weeks so that we can find the hottest trends for Fall 2012, we head to our homeland of Canada, in one of its biggest cities: Toronto. From March 12-16 designers showcased their designs for Fall 2012 on the Canadian runways. Designers such as Adrian Wu, Pink Tartan, Lucian Matis, Mackage and others presented their designs this week in Toronto. Toronto showcased a whole slew of trends for fall which included feathers, knits, peplum, and draping. The first trend we saw was feathers on the runway. This trend was major this season as designers used it from as simple sorts of detailing to as an entire ensemble. During the Mackage show, feathers were also used as hair accessories for some of the models.
Lucian Matis Fall 2012 RTW
Pink Tartan Fall 2012 RTW
Lovas Fall 2012 RTW
Pavoni Fall 2012 RTW
Mackage Fall 2012 RTW The next trend present on the Toronto runways was the strong use of knits. Designers strayed away from monotone knits as they included colour and patterns for the Fall season.
Line Fall 2012 RTW
Line Fall 2012 RTW
Laura Siegel Fall 2012 RTW The next trend we saw on the runway was peplum. Designers showcased that peplum is going to be huge this fall season, making it a great way to stand out in a crowd in a simple, and chic way.
Pink Tarten Fall 2012 RTW
Mackage Fall 2012 RTW The final trend on the runway this season was the use of draping. Designers used this in a bold way this week, whether using it in a big, structural way or simple, minimalistic way.
Greta Constantine Fall 2012 RTW
Greta Constantine Fall 2012 RTW
Adrian Wu Fall 2012 RTW And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Fashion Week without some street style. Let’s check out what Canadian fashion goers were wearing this week.
Hailing from the West Coast, Kelsey Dundon at The Anthology celebrates all things beautiful. What’s it all about? As Kelsey puts it, “The Anthology is fashion, it’s design, it’s travel, it’s music.” A while back, we had the pleasure of working with Kelsey for our giveaway. We love how she modernizes her vintage pieces and give her readers their own DIY guide. And we love how embraces life with creativity. Now, we’re super excited to let you in a little about what she’s all about.
1. How long have you been blogging for? What made you start?
I started two years ago because I loved reading other style and design blogs and I wanted to add my own voice. I never imagined it would take off/consume my life like this!
2. How would you describe your aesthetic?
My aesthetic is a little nostalgic and very eclectic – I like colours, prints and patterns. Often all at once.
Want to see what these looked like before? Check out her post here.
3. Your does perfect outfit consists of?
Right now, my perfect outfit would be a vintage dress in some sort of printed flowly fabric paired with flat boots and an oversized eel skin clutch. And I’d probably have both my sunglasses and umbrella with me because you never know how a day in Vancouver will turn out.
4. A Fall/Winter trend you can’t live without……
The Seventies-inspired pleated skirt. I love skirts that hit right where a tall boot ends, especially when worn with a knit turtleneck and a chunky necklace. So classic!
5. One thing on your bucket list you have to do
I absolutely have to go whale-watching one day. I’ve lived on the west coast my whole life and I’ve never seen an orca in the wild. It’s killing me!
Maybe you know her best when she first rose to fame as a Victoria Secret angel. Or maybe you remember her name attached to her hubby, Orlando Bloom. But we know her as Miranda Kerr, Australian model with the incredible girl-next-door look and her beautiful editorials. We just love her dimples (Her model trademark. Cute right?).
Currently, she’s ranked as number 4 on the top 20 sexiest models on Models.com. She’s represented brands including One Teaspoon (which we’ll be carrying soon!!), Christian Dior, Lanvin, Chanel, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf and Loewe.
Harper’s Bazaar Australia November 2011
La Mauvaise Éducation
In Michael Kors for Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra presentation
So beautiful. And “In Bloom” for Vogue Australia January 2011
As the weather begins to warm up, we cannot contain our excitement as we wait for all of the blooming flowers and wonderful colours outside. For now, we are going to have to live our vivacious expectations through clothing and one of the trends which captivated the runway this season. That trend was Florals. On the runway we saw designers use floral patterns in many different ways. Whether it was in a bold and colourful way or in a muted minimalistic way, designers showed that this was not a trend to ignore for the Spring/Summer season. Check out how designers such as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, and Alexander Wang used this trend on the runway.