My name is Sophie Leon and I am addicted to online window shopping, which I guess is better than being addicted to just online shopping. I can’t help but open every “New Items!” email and click through every lookbook of the latest fashion porn. Every once in a while, a designer collection catches my eye, but my inner accountant sternly reminds me that my favorite item is out of my price range. I return daily to gaze upon my favorite piece and imagine what it would look like with my current outfit. Months later, if the item goes on sale and I am still obsessing over it, I consider it a sign from the gods. Today, my friends, is one of those days. Keep reading »
Ever since Emma Watson showed up to the Golden Globes in January wearing Dior’s asymmetrical double pearl earrings, I’ve been dying to find a similar pair of front-back earrings. Basically, front-back earrings are when the back of the earring — what would normally be a boring post — is actually a decorative part of the earring. Many of them mimic the look of tunnel earrings without the stretched out piercing hole. Sometimes front-back earrings are even two pairs of earrings in one. When I went to Paris in May, I stumbled upon a little jewelry shop that was selling a pair similar to but decidedly more affordable than the Dior earrings, but the smaller pearls could also be worn separately as plain ol’ studs. So cool! Click through for 10 pairs of front-back earrings I’m totally loving…
I feel like I buy a beach bag every year, but every time warm weather comes around, it’s nowhere to be found, and I have to buy another one. Where do all my beach bags go? Do they get sucked into a vortex in the “off-season storage” section of my closet? Do they meet the same DIY fate as my full-length jeans and I just forget about it? Who knows, but to combat this, I’m going to buy a really nice beach bag this year. One that’s the perfect size, a classic style, and built to last. One that can take me from the beach to the lake to the river to the roadside fish taco shack and look amazing in the process. This anchor print burlap bag will do nicely, don’t you think? [$62, Mila Moss]
Imagine this: you and your boo are cruisin’ down the highway with the windows down, summer heat warms your face while Lana del Ray’s “West Coast” blasts from the stereo. You reach down for your sunglasses and retrieve a pair of cheap, scratched shades from the dollar store that leave you squinting and embarrassed. That’s not how the story should go, so we’re going to fix that last part…
We’re giving pin-thusiasts a chance to win not one, but TWO pairs of customizable John Ruvin & Co. high-quality sunglasses from the Core Collection— a pair for him and a pair for her. You can choose your lens tint, matte or gloss finish, and Rx (if needed). John Ruvin prides itself on crafting edgy, vintage-inspired Rx eyewear for those of you who need prescription lenses and still crave that hipster, Southern California style. They’re just what the doctor ordered. Here’s how to win… Keep reading »
I came across this photo of Miranda Lambert in an ad for her new album, Platinum, and I had one of those moments where I was like, “GIVE ME YOUR OUTFIT NOW.” Her carved rose corset belt is especially stunning, isn’t it? A perfect blend of sexy and country and vintage pin-up. After drooling over this photo for a good 5 minutes, I was inspired to round up some similar rose belts on Etsy. Some are vintage, some are new, some are subtle, and some are seriously rockstar worthy, but you could throw any of them on with a plaid summer dress and boots and channel Miranda’s vibes. Click through to check ‘em out…
Any woman will tell you that choosing a purse is a surprisingly personal decision. When you carry the same bag every day, it starts to feel like an extension of yourself. It must protect all your most important belongings, go with all your outfits, and possibly double as a weapon if you find yourself cornered by a skeezy dude at the bar. To say your bag needs to be versatile is an understatement. In my opinion (which is, of course, very personal), this crossbody bag is perfect. Big enough to hold your wallet, cellphone, makeup, keys, and a book; small enough to not weigh you down; in a gorgeous burgundy color that works for all 4 seasons. Plus, this baby is made to last: it’s handmade in Portland, Oregon of military grade fabric that’s stain and water resistant. And if that’s not enough, you can customize the color and hardware to match your exact taste. Love. It. [$150, Two Hold]
Hipsters for Sisters is an accessories company founded by designer Debra Denniston and her two daughters. Their mission is to “liberate women from their baggage,” and they mean it, both literally — they specialize in hands-free belt bags — and figuratively — 10% of their profits are donated to organizations that aim to empower and liberate women. Hipsters for Sisters’ belt bags are not only cute, convenient, and fashion-forward, they’re also made in the USA of eco-friendly vegan leather, silk charmeuse, organic cotton, and other sustainable materials. How perfect would these be for concerts, festivals, or traveling, especially to areas where pick-pocketing is a major issue? I’m already fantasizing about wearing one for my trip to Lyon later this year — mostly because not lugging a purse around will give me an extra hand I can use to eat more cheese. Life dream status. After the jump, get the shopping details for the three fab bags shown above, and check out all the awesome, ethically made options on the Hipsters for Sisters website! Keep reading »
My current strategy for identifying my unremarkable black suitcase at baggage claim consists of picking up other people’s unremarkable black suitcases, realizing it’s not mine when someone yells, “Hey, that’s my suitcase!” and then repeating the process until, by process of elimination, I’ve alienated everyone at the conveyor belt and am triumphantly holding my own bag. This is a terrible system, but I’ve been putting off buying luggage tags because I wanted to find the perfect ones. I think I finally have: these Flight Libs luggage tags and passport holders, which are not only bright and easy to spot, but so cute and clever, adorned with travel-themed Mad Libs sentences. And at less than $20 a pop, you can buy a tag for every piece of luggage you own, an unforgettable passport holder, and still afford to order an extra bottle of wine at your first dinner in Rome. Check out all the designs at Flight 001!
FashionABLE is a company based in Nashville, Tennessee that seeks to create sustainable business opportunities for women in Ethiopia through stylish, handmade scarves and leather goods. FashionABLE is committed to creating long-term poverty solutions instead of a cycle of dependence, so they help women set up business collectives, assist with job training and education, and partner with local manufacturers to encourage hiring more women and paying fair wages. Then they step back and let the women take charge of their own destinies. As the company website states: “That means that your purchase of a scarf creates jobs so that the women are not dependent upon charity, but instead are a vital part of a developing economy.” Pretty awesome, right? Click through to check out some of the beautiful scarves (100% cotton and lightweight enough for spring and summer) and leather goods FashionABLE artisans are making right now!
The sun is finally coming out in most parts of the country, which means it’s time to bust out your favorite sunglasses once again. But what to do if last season’s sunnies are looking a bit boring in the harsh light of spring? Glam them up with a little DIY magic, of course. Click through to check out 10 cheap, easy ways to embellish your plain old shades!