Life Meets Style: Urban Shoe Paradise

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While I’ve never particularly identified as a “shoe girl”, I can definitely appreciate a particularly fabulous pair of pumps, a wear-everywhere boot, or a classic sneaker–especially when they’re on display. This snap from ELLE Decor showcases ALL of the aforementioned players in a quality shoe game and expertly arranges them from floor to ceiling. A little overwhelming? Perhaps. But I, for one, am totally down with the clothing-as-decor movement that appears to be sweeping through the interior design scene. Fashion and function is an absolute must for smaller spaces…and when your footwear collection is this massive and enviable, I’m sure there’s just an innate desire to show off put your sartorial goodies on display. No shame.
What do you think of this amazing space? Do you meld fashion and function or delve into style-meets-storage solutions?
xo,
Liza, Editorial Director

Image via Pinterest.

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Fashion News: Urban Outfitters Does Workout Wear

Image via Instagram @gowithoutwalls.

Image via Instagram @gowithoutwalls.

Sometimes, the best motivation for completing a tough workout is a cute outfit. In that vein, Urban Outfitters has some excellent news for fit fashionistas: They’re getting into the activewear game. 

Image via Without Walls.

Image via Without Walls.

Launching in select stores and online March 1st, Urban’s ‘Without Walls‘ line is to offer not only their own particular brand of cool clothes for the especially active and outdoorsy, but will also include pieces from activewear powerhouses like Patagonia and Vans. Expect everything from hats to shoes to badass yoga pants for you and your boyfriend–catch a sneak peek of the collection over at Refinery29 with a 10-image Without Walls slideshow. According to a UO spokesperson, the company is “excited to present a line of products that is fun and spirited for folks who don’t want to sacrifice personal style while on the go.” So yeah–this endeavor has your name written all over it, sporty girl.

Does Without Walls appeal to you? Will you make a special trip to Urban for some new workout gear?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Label Love: Skivvies by For Love & Lemons

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, lingerie seems like a reasonable topic to discuss to death. You’ve seen it–underwear stories are everywhere right now. Holidays aside, however, this line should be on your radar. There’s no better time to treat yourself to something flirty and fabulous than the present, right? Trust me – when you see this line, you’re going to want to treat yourself immediately. Enter: Skivvies by For Love & Lemons.

Launched in summer of 2013, Skivvies is a bohemian-friendly lingerie brand carefully bridging the gap between underwear and outerwear. If you’re a tumblr user, you’ve probably seen the cheeky, naughty slumber party-style shots from the Skivvies 2013 lookbook, shot by Zoey Gorssman, littered throughout your dash. They’re sexy for certain, but also totally goofy–which is actually a fairly decent explanation of the Skivvies line as a whole: sultry, but offbeat.

From bras to bodysuits to robes, Skivies is perfect for the girl who wouldn’t be caught dead in basics from VS. There is an obvious emphasis on texture – the line features delicate lace, crushed velvet, and sheer fabrics to create an ultra-romantic vibe. These are pieces that are clearly meant to be seen, whether that’s in the bedroom by a special someone or with peeks of eyelash-inspired lace peeking out from underneath a crop top. Expect cut-outs, minimal coverage, and a lot of strappiness that you’ll be dying to show off. Skivvies designers Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall note,

“The idea of SKIVVIES was born from the desire to create one-of-a-kind lingerie with the intention to be shown off and worn under all types of garments, the more the lingerie peeps through clothes, the better. Skivvies pieces are intended to we worn under sheer garments or outfits that you have difficulty finding the right undergarments for. They are meant to be shown off while covering your body in all the right places.”

Sounds pretty killer, no? Trust me, ladies: a very large portion of my next paycheck is going straight to Skivvies…which means I’ll be getting a lot of lingerie since the line is also pretty reasonably priced–think, higher than VS but much, much lower than Kiki or AP. If you consider yourself sexy-meets-unexpected, Skivvies is definitely the lingerie for you.

What are your favorite lingerie brands? How do you feel about Skivvies?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Pinspired: Building A Wardrobe With Help from Pinterest!

Ever since Pinterest introduced their custom-curated, personalized “Interests” section, I have been even more enamored with the website! The home feed is great and everything–seeing what your friends and favorites pin is always an excellent source of inspiration–but Interests just took things to another level. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the new section organizes custom boards based on things you’ve personally pinned, searched, and liked. For me, this means new boards full of Victoria’s Secret hair, Anna Wintour, healthy dinners, beauty hacks, and leopard print coats, just to name a few topics of interest! If anything could make Pinterest more addictive, this is it. Topics are tailored exactly to each users interests, meaning that you’ll probably be logging some additional hours behind your laptop, enthralled in your favorite “research” topics. Aside from healthy living and VS beauty, another one of my custom Pinterests interests is something called “Build A Wardrobe“. I’m obsessed! The board is chock full of endless outfit ideas, packing tips, essential basics, and wardrobe remixes galore. I love seeing how other ladies stock their closets and determine what’s essential. Here are links from a few of my favorite pins!

  • Build A Wardrobe On A Budget: Fashion Essentials Every Frugal Girl Must Have: This super-informative article from Frugal Beautiful not only provides and essentials lists, but also features shopping tips!
  • Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Capsule wardrobes always intrigue and inspire me–you have to be massively creative to be able to mix and match the same few pieces over and over and over again while still looking stylish and fresh! This piece from UK site Jodi Goldman provides 7 simple steps for doing just this! With just 13 pieces (not including shoes or accessories!), you can create 90+ outfits. Love.
  • Building A Wardrobe Series: Part 1 – Out With The Old: This piece from Real Girl Glam deals specifically on the initial phase of building a wardrobe: closet clean out! This is a totally essential step for anyone looking to start fresh, get organized, or simplify or modify her style and closet.
  • Putting Me Together: Style / Wardrobe Tips: More than a mere article, this entire site focuses on creating what the author calls a “remixable wardrobe”. So. Many. Resources! It’s a must-bookmark. If that’s not endorsement enough, the pinner before me noted, “When I went looking for resources to help me grow-up my wardrobe, this was the most helpful blog! Gentle, low-budget support for building a wardrobe that is versatile, remixable, classic, and fitting.” That’s the dream, girls.

Have you checked out your Interests page on Pinterest? What have you found?! Any tips for growing a wardrobe you’d like to share?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Life Meets Style: Chic Handbag Storage & Display

Confession: I’m kind of obsessed with handbags, but I am totally terrible at arranging them. I drape my current bag-of-choice over the arm of a chair, leave it on the counter, or place it next to our trunk, all while I leave the rest of my collection scattered randomly throughout the house. Coat closet? Check! Desk drawer? Check! Bedroom closet? Check? Under the desk? Check! And I don’t even have that many bags! It’s an issue. Back in the day, the guy I was dating had a super rad vintage coat hanger that I adopted as my own and used specifically for handbag storage and display. It was pretty perfect–everything was in one place, access was easy enough, and the display itself was interesting and fairly attractive. For me, the whole display aspect of purse storage is almost as important as functionality. I love a good fashion-meets-interior-design item! Love! I think my collection of clutches and crossbodies jammed into my top desk drawer is making my bags sad, guys! I mean, maybe my luggage-sized nylon totes are fine to being relegated to the top shelf of my closet, but my cute little bags? I think not! There are a ton of Life Hack-type pins suggesting that purses should be hung on shower hooks in your closet, for example, which seems like a fairly legitimate storage solution, but I’m not into that. I want to be able to SEE the hot pink Marc by Marc, the cognac Hayden Hartnett, or the brushed gold Botkier without trying, then select the right bag with ease. The above photograph, which I found on Pinterest, is apparently of Joy Bryant’s apartment/purse storage system. See how she made the whole thing kind of arty and cool? I LOVE that! Of course, I couldn’t display an entire handbag collection on slices of wood alone, but it’s a start, and a potential solution for my smaller pieces. I can’t help it – I need it to be pretty. So those in-the-closet purse hooks are out, as are bins, as are desk drawers. On my radar: Cubbies, exceptionally cute or creative hooks, and a shabby chic, perhaps parisian-inspired hat tree. This needs to happen. The bags must be seen! 😉

How do you store YOUR handbags? What do you think is the most functional, attractive, and simple way to display and stow your purses?

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

Listed: 2014 Style Resolutions!

Happy New Year, Mieuxs! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re probably already aware that I absolutely adore lists. Making them, reading them, whatever, it’s love. It’s this love of lists, I think, that likely fuels a similar passion for resolutions. While I’ve already compiled a list of real-life, big-girl resolutions, I knew I wanted to sharpen my focus and really hone in on the changes I’m hoping to make from a fashion and style perspective. So, that’s what I did! These are my four style resolutions for 2014.

1. Wear more hats.

I love hats. Pretty much all hats. They’re a super easy way to add detail and interest, they class up (or at least “finish”) any outfit, and they hide crazy hair days, all while being legitimately functional–they’ll shade your eyes and protect your tresses in the summer, and keep you warm in the winter! I’ve been a warmer-weather hat fan for the past few years now, but for 2014, I’m looking to branch out and embrace a hat for every season! I already have my eye on a cute, floppy, black wool number for the rest of winter!

2. Wear yoga pants less frequently.

After Christmas, no wait, make that after Thanksgiving, I get really hardcore about yoga pants. I wear them entirely too much. It’s lazy. They’re just so comfy! I tend to justify my constant Lululemon-clad lower half by convincing myself that I can work out at any time if I’m already wearing the proper pants. True, but still lazy. It takes the same amount of time and effort to slide into some jeans as it does to slide into yogas, and the style payoff is at least 10x greater with denim than with Luon. Fact.

3. Clean out my closet (and make $$$ for it!)

I’ll admit that being a buyer for ShopMieux tends to keep me pretty up-to-date on my closet-cleaning game, but I’ve been noticing recently that I have a lot of pieces that I just do not wear, but haven’t actually parted with. Why?! All it does is take space in my closet! This year, I’m vowing to go through my closet twice a season and purge it of all of the apparel, shoes, and accessories that I’m not completely in love with….and send it into ShopMieux HQ so it can find a new home and I can make a little extra bank.

4. Focus on the entire look.

Have you ever noticed how bad hair (or even bad eyebrows) can just totally throw off an otherwise perfectly solid look? I have, and yet being styled head-to-toe is still something I struggle with. In an attempt to be more put-together over all, I’m going to focus on the details: Taking care of and styling my hair, skin, and nails as well as putting together cute outfits. All of the time? No way! But definitely more than I’m currently doing after the whole holiday-slide thing I’ve had going on. I think a little extra effort in this category will yield huge results, not just in how I look, but also how I feel.

Welcome, 2014! And as they say on Tumblr, please be good. Image Credit.

Welcome, 2014! And as they say on Tumblr, please be good. Image Credit.

And that’s it! What are your style resolutions? Do any of ours overlap? Share your thoughts – leave a comment!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director