Monthly Archives: January 2015

Style Crush: Jacy Overstreet

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The all-American blogger behind our weekly style crush is the embodiment of effortless, easy-chic street style, favoring uncomplicated silhouettes offset with a conversation piece or two (hello, amazing Phillip Lim crossbody bag and golden Fossil watch). It’s not uncommon to find Jacy Overstreet in a loose yet crisp sweater styled with a pair of pointed booties or open-toed heels, not to mention her perfectly placed accessories — chunky scarves, structured bags, and gold jewelry, yes please!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guides

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1. UGG Australia boots, $155 | 2. Lacoste coin purse, $39 | 3. UGG Australia flats, $97 | 4. ToeSox socks, $19 | 5. Dex sweater, $59 | 6. Brookside chocolates, $9, brooksidechocolate.com | 7. Dex top, $39 | 8. Naked Grape wine, $7, thenakedgrapewine.com | 9. Sperry Top-Sider shoes, $89 | 10. NARS lipstick, $23, narscosmetics.com | 11. Q&A a Day book, $16, barnesandnoble.com | 12. Lacoste sneakers, $89

Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate love and kinship, but for some, it might be the most nerve-wracking day of the year! If you’re in a new relationship, how do you decide what’s appropriate to give as a gift? Or if you’ve been dating a while, maybe you’re struggling with the surprise factor. If you’re shopping for a girl, it’s pretty easy: Use thought and, when in doubt, gift shoes, chocolate, and wine! These plush sheepskin boots, sporty bright sneakers, and dazzling suede flats are a good start. The weather is still a bit on the chilly side, so we suggest surprising her with a soft knit sweater, cozy knee-high socks, and rich red wine. Top it all off with a thoughtful book to record your memories together over the next three years and she’ll feel pampered with love!

gift guide for him

1. Lacoste boots, $169 | 2. Diesel t-shirt, $59 | 3. 7 Diamonds shirt, $109 | 4. Von Dutch hat, $29 | 5. Lacoste hat, $39 | 6. Wooden beer caddy, $45, uncommongoods.com | 7. Michael Kors underwear, $34 | 8. Andrew Marc sunglasses, $29 | 9. Lacoste sneakers, $109 | 10. Diptyque candle, $30, nordstrom.com | 11. Creative Recreation sneakers, $69

For the men, it’s important to find a happy middle ground, where the gift is something they enjoy getting and something they’ll actually find useful. Every man needs staple shoes, like these lightweight bright sneakers, athletic stark white tennis shoes, and burnished leather boots. Or be practical in your gift-giving with a classic plaid button-down shirt, snapback trucker hat, and cotton boxer-briefs. There’s no room for error! If your man is more excited by quirkier gifts, this woodsy scented candle and handcrafted wooden beer crate with bottle opener are considerate reminders that you care.

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Outfit of the Week: Layering on the Go

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>> Kenneth Cole coat, Dex cardigan, Parasuco jeans, UGG Australia boots, Lacoste clutch

As the temperatures drop, we learn how to layer up! We’re talking a no-fuss, practical wardrobe to survive the cold months with ease. Sensible chunky booties, second-skin jeans, and oversized coats sum it up. But how does one perfect the formula for easy outfits that are put-together but adaptable to the unpredictable nature of day-to-day life? We look to style icons like Emma Stone. Ever since her move to New York City for her Broadway debut in Cabaret, her closet has been filled with staple pieces made for someone who has places to go and people to see. Even if you’re not headlining a hit musical or constantly being photographed whenever your plane touches down, you can learn a thing or two from Emma’s best city looks. As long as you have a good assortment of neutral items in your closet, this look will never fail.

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Style Crush: Beatrice Gutu

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Beatrice Gutu’s style is a delightful cocktail of relaxed femininity, menswear-chic, and minimalist monochrome. It’s never a surprise to spot the darling European native in a tried-and-true duster coat styled with a pair of pointed boots or slip-on shoes, and while her outfits are altogether inspiring, her execution leaves the look feeling completely effortless and attainable. That’s why we’re crushing so hard.

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Outfit of the Week: West Coast Winter

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>> Buffalo David Bitton shirt, Andrew Marc sunglasses, Lacoste hat, Ben Sherman jeans, UGG Australia boots

West coast winter is something that cannot easily be defined. Soft sunlight breaks through the clouds, but there’s still a brisk chill in the air. The rays will have you sweating if you’re out moving too long, but shivering if you’re stagnant. So, how do you dress for such weather? Pay attention to your feet’s warmth first and the rest of your body will follow suit! Meaning, don’t run amuck in the low temperatures in dirty old sneakers or worn-in espadrilles. These wool-lined boots from UGG Australia are the answer to all your prayers. Slide into a pair of these leather boots, black jeans, and call it a day. Add a clean, lightweight button-down and accessorize with a street-chic snapback for an updated classic look that will let you easily transition from the streets of LA to the dimly lit dinner party. Spontaneous and down-to-earth fashion is the best kind. Please refer to Zac Efron, who’s doing it right:

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In Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

On August 28, 1963, 300,000 people gathered on the National Mall in front of the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. with one goal in mind — equal rights for all. What ensued was never to be forgotten. One speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial exposed racial inequalities that plagued a growing nation. The march, commonly referred to as the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, is widely credited with spurring the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Today would have marked King’s 86th birthday. That infamous march in 1963 wasn’t the first that he led, and it wouldn’t be the last. In fact, he was assassinated on the day he had planned to lead a protest march in Memphis, Tenn.

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Style Crush: Floortje van Cooten

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Fashion blogger Floortje van Cooten is on the top of our radar for style inspiration. Based in the Netherlands, Floortje, 20, began her blog Floortjeloves in 2011 as a “personal mood-board,” mostly posting inspirational photos and recent purchases. When that evolved into outfit posts and diary-like entries about her daily life, her blog really took off.

Now, she enlightens readers with breath-taking photos and reports from her travels to cities like Istanbul, Florence, and Paris. All that mixed with her flawless green eyes/blonde hair/dimples combo and it’s hard to look away. Don’t even get us started on her adorable accent.

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In Stock: ToeSox

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The designers of California-based footwear line ToeSox know a thing or two about working out in style. Not only that, but working out with the utmost care for your feet and personal well-being. The health-conscious brand makes socks, leg warmers, sandals, and gloves for keeping you in the zone while running, practicing yoga, or just going about your day. We dug into the brand’s history to share more about how the unique design came to be and look at how the owner’s daily life inspired the products.

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Outfit of the Week: The Perfect Puffer

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>> Marc New York jacket, Dex top, J Brand jeans, Dr. Martens boots, UGG Australia bag

In the midst of crowds of bundled-up people with throw-on-and-go kinds of attitudes during the winter, you can be the one to stand out. Find inspiration in the beauty and grit in the city streets with an open-knit marled sweater and the perfect puffer coat. Rainy days call for a reliable, insulated jacket like this lush, faux fur-trimmed hooded coat from Marc New York. Playing with textures and vibrant accessories, focus falls on your stand-out bag — this bright blue leather stunner from UGG Australia. Top it off with high-rise denim and classic black lace-up boots for a simple, yet edgy ensemble. Become a master of street style with ease, like the gorgeous models who walk the New York streets during Fashion Week, despite gloomy skies and low temperatures. No worries, you’ll be too busy stomping around in confidence to notice the weather.

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10 Artists You Can’t Miss At Coachella

The dry desert air, the sun beaming against the metal stage rigging, you look up into the open blue skies to nowhere land. But softly in the distance, you hear a band tuning up their guitars and the steady roar of the crowd anticipating those first notes. It may only be January, but dreams of Coachella are already floating in our heads. With the 2015 lineup announced, everyone’s buzzing with excitement. If you were lucky enough to score a pass during the hectic on sale yesterday, you should start preparing now.

In particular, you need to start listening to confirmed acts and prioritize which you want to see most. Every year, there’s bound to be a schedule conflict between two artists where you’re left thinking, “Which band do I see?!” If it comes down to that, here are ten acts* who you should just say yes to.

*We figured you already know how awesome the headliners are, so this list focuses on those artists in smaller print on the lineup.

1. Lights

Canadian singer Lights creates songs with booming beats and celestial synths. Drawing inspiration from video games and the sci-fi culture, Lights has released three studio albums so far and each is a dream pop masterpiece. On the stage, she’s a force to be reckoned with, alternating between keyboard jam sessions, guitar riffs, and ear-piercing vocals you’ll gladly drown in.

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