Tuesday, July 30, 2013

From sea to shining sea!

If you have read our manifesto, you'll know that we believe that stripes are timeless. But did you know that the chic and classic nautical stripe shirts or the more accurate moniker, Breton stripes, were originally a French sailor's uniform? The French always seem to get it right! Hailing from Brittany, a north-west region in France, or as the French say Bretagne, coined it the "Breton" shirt.

The March 27, 1858 Act of France declared the Breton striped shirt the new uniform for the French Navy. Like the 13 stripes on the American flag that represent the 13 original colonies (thank you 8th grade American history!), the stripes on the traditional Breton shirt have significant meaning. Traditionally, the knitted matelot had long or three-quarter length sleeves, a boat neckline, and 21 white and navy stripes — one for each of Napoleon’s victories. 

Not only were these sailors looking dapper but the Breton stripe matelot even saved a few sailors from the evil clutches of siren mermaids! The distinctive stripes were easily visible over the ocean's waves if any man happened to fall overboard.

Thanks to Coco Chanel, the Breton stripes became haute couture status when she used the inspiring stripes in her 1917 nautical line, making it a timeless staple season after season.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Style icon: Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy, a French singer and actress, has a classic and quirky style with a Parisian flair that puts her at the top of the style icon list. She signed to a Parisian record label, Vogue, in 1961 at the age of seventeen and wowed Europe with her debut release Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles, which sold over two million copies around Europe. Mick Jagger called her the ideal woman and Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her.
Even though Hardy was painfully shy, she had the air of je ne sais quoi about her and the camera loved her. She made street style, street style even before there was Internet, Instagram, fashion bloggers, and well... street style. 

Her iconic style captured the likes of many in the fashion industry. She made lasting friendships with Paco Rabanne and Yves St Laurent and influenced Nicolas Ghesquière, former head of the couture house Balenciaga.

She mixes classic American and French pieces like trench coats and breton stripes, has sexy boho down to a science, rocks her signature locks with eye-grazing bangs beautifully, and has a simple mod aesthetic.

Hardy is definitely a timeless beauty heading into her seventies and shows no signs of slowing down. She released her latest album, L’amour fou, last year and continues to be an inspiration for women around the world. 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Short and printed!

Last summer, it was all about solid colored shorts with neons and pastels. This summer, it's all about eye-catching prints like animal, polka dots, geometric, tribal, and floral. Nothing says summer like flaunting your legs to the sun! 

For a relaxed and balanced look, pair your printed shorts with a neutral colored tee like black or white.


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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Diana Von Furestenberg is an inspiring woman with an inspiring story. She is known for her iconic wrap dress that rose to prominence in 1972. Not since Coco Chanel's LBD has a dress gotten some much attention. She re-launched her  fashion company, DVF, in 1997 with an updated version of the wrap dress. She has a commitment to female empowerment and independence and speaks out on racism in the fashion industry. She is a woman who understands being beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. Here are our 10 favorite quotes from DVF, about life, beauty, and fashion!

On self-love:
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” 

Dressing for your personality:
“Always choose styles that also accentuate your personality. Don’t use fashion to try and project a different persona.  Authenticity is key.”

Using your handbag as your guide:
“Before leaving home, check your agenda and organize your bag according to what you have to do that day. Keeping everything in order makes life easier.”

On the rules of fashion:
"If there is one rule for dressing, for fashion, it's pretty much the same rule as for everything else in life: Don't go against yourself, don't go against your own nature. It's only going to show." 

On the passage of time:
“The older you get, the more you should learn to love life and appreciate the beauty that comes with age.”

About the secret of her appeal:
"I have yet to meet a woman who is not strong, and if I have any role in fashion, it is to help women express that strength."

On beauty:
"No one should notice how your eyes are done or the color of your eye-shadow. They should just notice you and notice that you're beautiful, that you have beautiful eyes."

On diet and exercise:
"Don't talk about your diet. It's just boring, and the last thing you need when dieting is to be considered boring"

On self-acceptance:
“You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” 

From her book: Diane: A Signature Life
“The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn't plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed.” 

Do you have a favorite DVF quote?
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hey stud!

We love hoop earrings for the simple fact that they make your face appear smaller when you wear them, but there is noting like a good pair of perennial studs! A little bit of neon or even cute shapes like hearts and anchors make these charming accessories fun and playful. Studs are perfect for everyday wear and go with any outfit. They can be dainty, subtle, colorful, funky or just simply classic diamond studs. Here are 10 studs we're currently coveting! 

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