Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Right Now: A Different Kind of Instagram
In the digital world, it’s hard to see beyond strategic selfies and personal promo. But Marissa and I believe that Instagram and Twitter and all of those things can be pretty useful. A few years ago, the two of us created personal Instagram accounts, where we posted pictures of our crazy outfits and cool friends or, in my case, my really good-looking golden retriever. Instagram was fun, but not exactly professional. Then, Marissa had a genius idea and within a couple days she had Cur8ed, an Instagram profile where she posted her favorite editorials and reinvented them on her own body. It was genius and I was jealous. So, on a car ride with her, Marissa encouraged me to start something too. Fast forward a few months and I was the proud owner of Copy Lab, something I’ve deemed “a social experiment on taste and perception” but is, in all reality, Photoshopping designer goods onto famous paintings. Instafame still hasn’t hit either of us, but we’re having fun doing it, and it’s a lot more fun to create original content than it is to take millions of selfies (eventhough, yeah, we still do that on occasion). Marissa and I had a conversation about all things Insta a few days ago and thought we would share! –Chris Rellas
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Trends: An Ode to the Crop Top
It started with the Spice Girls. Like most brown-haired British girls growing up in the late ‘90s, my childhood was spent arguing with my schoolmates about whether I was more of a Sporty or a Posh. Posh had her charms, certainly – the LBDs, the pout – but Sporty could backflip. Sporty had a gold tooth. Sporty wore track pants and crop tops. In my nine year old mind, something about this aesthetic registered, and it resonated. Still too young to buy my own clothes – especially ones that revealed acres of flesh – I banked this look somewhere deep in my internal #inspo folder (those primitive days before Tumblr!), to be referenced at a later date.
When that day finally rolled around, the crop top was thankfully still in vogue – albeit in a new form. By this point, All Saints were the trend-setting Brit girl band of the day, and I quickly set about copycatting their look: Baggy, low-slung combat pants, Adidas shell toe sneakers, and a cotton tank top, cropped several inches above the (exposed) hipbone. This lower abdominal exposure was less forgiving/tasteful than the upper ab region we’ve taken to showcasing now, but I committed to the look regardless. For much of my adolescence I was happily walking around with my kidneys (and often, underwear) exposed, until one day my style-conscious Dad took me aside and pointed out that “sometimes it’s more flattering to cover up.” Ouch. OK. Point taken.
Monday, July 14, 2014 Right Now: Grin and Bare It
It’s Monday and we’re in the mood to be nude. Why, you ask? Because it’s National Nude Day. While our 7th favorite holiday encourages individuals around the globe to disrobe, there are unfortunately some legal consequences for doing so. So, in an effort to partake in the scantily-clad celebration without getting arrested (because frankly that is just not the way we’ve imagined being naked in handcuffs), we’ve rounded up our favorite stuff to celebrate being in the buff. After all, nude fashion can be more liberating than the actual thing. Imagine all those double takes you’ll get.
Undress to Impress
NYX Nude Matte Lipstick
Skivvies Basically Nude Bra
Jeffrey Campbell Caprese Sandal in Nude
Nasty Gal Playing Favorites Tee in Nude
Jeffrey Campbell La Cage Gladiator Sandal - Nude
Inner Mate Reusable Gel petals
Nude Twisted Love Dress
Nasty Gal Veria Tank
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Right Now: Doing It White
We just talked about the ever-changing little black dress. So, in an effort to be fair, we’re going to recognize the other side of the spectrum. Tons of people already ascribe to #ALLWHITEEVERYTHING, but it’s not just about head-to-toe monochromatism. People like Ivania Carpio surround their lives in white, adorning themselves in minimal accessories and designing their living spaces to look like that scene in Charlie’s Angels where Natalie sneaks into Redstar’s computer in an all-white unitard. No one ever gets that reference, so here, watch. We rounded up some inspo images in case you’re thinking that white might be the non-color you’ve been looking for!
Outfielder Mesh Skirt
Shoe Cult Hold Me Tight Heel
Pleat Me Right Shorts
Privileged Rise Above Platform
Two Tone Cut-Off Cateyes
Nasty Gal Betty Dress
Bless'ed Are The Meek Angel Jacket Vest
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Right Now: Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On The Run” Tour
As you may know if you don’t live in a dark cave in a remote corner of an otherwise uninhabited stretch of land, Beyonce and Jay-Z are on tour. Together. Because that’s not the cutest thing ever. Music’s most beloved married couple struck out on the “On The Run” co-headline tour on June 25th in Miami, and have been wowing audiences in major markets around the country ever since.
If you don’t have a chance to make it out to the tour in person, don’t fret. Just blast your favorite Beyonce and Jay tunes at full volume and take a look at some of Queen Bey’s best looks from the tour, including custom designed outfits from Versace, Alexander Wang, and Nicola Formichetti.