Kate Moss x TopShop: An Insider’s View

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You’ve seen the lookbook, the launch party, the lines of people, and now it’s finally here! The highly anticipated return of Kate Moss x TopShop is available in stores and online as of today. There is no arguing that Kate Moss is heralded as an icon in the fashion industry, turning heads with her timeless, effervescent style. Her design collaboration draws inspiration directly from her own wardrobe, so being able to own a piece dreamed up by the British babe herself is enough to sell us.

Even though this is the latest collection in Moss’s 7-year relationship with TopShop, the collections just started gaining more attention stateside after TopShop popped up in the U.S. in 2009. After then, the British brand escalated in popularity among the U.S. fashion community, including a huge partnership co-op in Nordstrom stores across the country.

And we are lucky enough to know a fellow FromVA2CA gal, the lovely Chelsea Stroud, who has worked with TopShop since their storefront opened at The Grove in Los Angeles. We all went to the same high school, and she moved out to California to chase her dreams of a career in fashion. Now a member of TopShop’s elite stylist team, Chelsea has styled everyone from Demi Lovato to Nicole Richie! We were so excited to get an insider’s look at the Kate Moss x TopShop collection from the lady herself, who answered a few questions for us.

Q: The collection is said to be inspired somewhat by Moss’s own wardrobe! Which piece from the collection do you think is a wardrobe essential?

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A: This dress is an amazing wardrobe essential. It will look flattering on any body type. It is something that you will keep in your closet for the rest of your life. You can never go wrong with a white, classy, chic spring/summer dress.

Q: What is/are your favorite piece(s) in the collection and what are a few different ways to style it?

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A: These are my two favorite pieces from the collection, this Leather Fringe Jacket and Suede Runners Short. They are perfect worn together as a set with a classic white tee underneath the jacket. OR you could wear them separately. I would suggest wearing the fringe jacket with a high-waisted pant to show off the fringe and a tight white or black tank underneath. The shorts could be worn with a denim button up shirt (half-tuck) or a black/white tee . As for shoes, I would always go with the staple black bootie. If you’re wearing the shorts with a black tee, I would go with a gladiator sandal in gold- so chic!

Q: Why do you think Kate Moss and TopShop are such a perfect fit?

A: This is Kate’s 15th collection with Topshop over a 7-year period. At this point, Kate is a close friend with the brand and the brand looks to her for inspiration when designing pieces for each season. Kate is English and it’s a really great representation of the brand to have someone from their own culture designing a line with the company. Kate is also a model and a style icon to people all over the world.

Q: Three words to describe Kate Moss x TopShop?

A: Fringe. Bohemian. HOT

Q: Should we be looking forward to another Kate Moss collaboration for the Fall?

A: I hope to see another collab with Kate by the fall but if not- we should definitely see another launch by 2015!

 Thank you so much, Chelsea, for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Don’t forget to follow her @chelsealeastroud!

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A few of our own picks from the collection – we just can’t get enough of these amazing dresses!

Sarah: Left/Right

Emmy: Left/Right

Xx, E & S

Sister, Sister

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It’s hard to describe how special it was celebrating both of our birthdays together in California for the first time… ever (we were born 368 days apart). These pictures come pretty close though. Sometimes we were making sure to pose just right for our Coachella Diaries post pictures, but most of the time we were being goofy and dancing and having a blast. Sisterly love at its finest!

Xx, E & S

 

Warby Mine: Warby Parker Spring ’14 Collection

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re celebrating on the blog today by combining the holiday of love with a Friday Find. When I went to visit Sarah for her graduation in Richmond, one of the first places we visited was NeedSupply (our favorite local shop). While scouring for our usual trendy finds, we noticed a new wall of eyeglasses by the front of the store. And not just your normal run-of-the-mill glasses. They were cool, edgy, fun, and classic all rolled into one. They were all made by one brand – Warby Parker. 

Warby Parker isn’t just a brand that  makes great eyewear; they are a company looking to change the world one pair of glasses at a time. For every pair purchased, Warby Parker provides a pair of glasses to someone in need. Talk about spreading the love!

Sadly, we both have less-than-perfect eyesight, and we have been in the market for new eyewear for what feels like eons. We could never find the right pair that married affordability with fashion sensibility. Warby Parker changed the whole game for us. Not only are they always on-trend with colors and silhouettes, but most pairs run under $100(!).

And their latest collection is no exception. Quoted as being “for every frame of mind”, the Warby Parker Spring 2014 collection is full of styles that fits any style or personality. Whether it’s a punch of color, like the Walker Canton Blue, or a modernized classic, like the Marcel in Plum Marblewood, these frames are perfect for whoever you want to be today.

The best part is, you don’t even have to go to a Warby Parker showroom to try these babies on. You can digitally try the frames on yourself, or should we say selfies. Then, you can choose your top five favorites to be shipped directly to you, for FREE, to make your final selections. And you only pay for what you keep (with FREE returns, too)!

Sarah and I had so much fun digitally trying out our future frames, and here are some of our favorites.

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Sarah’s picks (From left to right): Marcel in Plum Marblewood, Quimby in Aurora, Kimball in Whiskey Tortoise

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Emmy’s picks (From left to right): Walker in Canton Blue, Reilly in Marzipan Tortoise, & Burke in Tennessee Whiskey

What frames do you love? Which would you order? Stay tuned to see which ones we ended up trying out at home!

Xx, E & S

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Beautify for Fall

It’s October, and I can already feel a hint of chillier weather in the air. Or at least my face can tell. My lips are insatiable when it comes to chapstick, and my hair is getting dryer by the day.

I usually try out new beauty products this time of year to find the best fall colors for my skintone and to seek out extra-moisturizing defense for the chilly air.

My first go-to is Jaclyn Hill’s YouTube page because she has some of the best make-up looks and tutorials out there, plus she is adorable and hilarious!

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Here are some videos you definitely need to check out from her (and even though some of her videos are a little lengthy, her charisma definitely makes up for it!):

1. Fall Trend 2013 Makeup Tutorial

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2. Fun & Glamorous Makeup Tutorial

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3. Foundation & Concealer Routine

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And to make sure my hair and face stay ultra-hydrated for the upcoming winter months, here are some products I adore:

1. Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Weightless Healing Oil 4 oz. [Only $5.79 at Target!] Smells amazing and gives my hair a slight shine. Plus it is a spray, so no oily hands!

2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer—Learned about this concealer from Jaclyn Hill’s favorites, which includes both drug store and professional products. This concealer covers perfectly and stays all day!

3. TARTE Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder.–Some how my face stays oily all year round…ugh. But this powder helps to keep me shine-free and feels weightless!

Stay beautiful, and check back tomorrow for a new post!

Xx, S

Busy as ‘B’s

So, the balancing act between being studious bloggers and studious working professionals/students is proving to be easier said than done. Sarah and I had a serious blogger brainstorm yesterday to conjure up a week’s worth of great blogging content, and we were stuck on a single letter: B.

Jokingly, this is the part where we would say “the posts for this week are sponsored by the letter B”. Thanks, Big Bird. (ah, more B’s!)

We will bring you a post every day this week about our favorite things beginning with ‘B’. I’m sure you could guess a few just by knowing us, but you’ll have to check back every day this week to see what we have in store.

Since it’s Monday, what better way to begin than with a list of my favorite bloggers?

With a community of millions, I’m lucky to have access to the stories and styles of countless inspirational bloggers. I chose a few of my many, many favorites to give you a taste of my go-to tastemakers.

Most Enviable Insta-Style: Aimee Song {@songofstyle} // Blog: www.songofstyle.com

With over one million Instagram followers, Aimee is obviously doing something right. I know I was checking my feed every second during NYFW to get a glimpse of which front row she would be seated in next, and what fabulous outfit she would wear there.

What I love most about Aimee: her airport style photos and her goofy candids with her equally-as-chic sister, Dani {right}.

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Best “Sister” Blog: The Sisters in the City // www.thesistersinthecity.com

Even though they are sister-in-laws, Sisters in the City is a great collaborative blog celebrating a shared love of fashion. Corbynn and Allison are two fabulous ladies with their own distinctive styles, one embodies the classic look of the city while the other embraces the laid-back lifestyle of Hawaii. I am equally envious of both of their styles!

What I love most about SITC: They host tons of amazing giveaways and their reunion post in Hawaii was adorable!

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Favorite Brand Blog: Bldg 25 (Free People) // blog.freepeople.com

Free People has such a great social media presence that I find myself clicking through any kind of link they throw my way – contests, DIYs, fashion snaps, everything. Yes, I love their clothes (and I still can’t figure out how they layer a gajillion pieces for flawless outfit), but I admire how they flesh out their brand in their lifestyle blog. From legwarmers to DIY hair masks, I can’t get enough from their plethora of posts.

What I love most about Bldg 25: Sneak peeks of their upcoming catalogs and real-life office style snaps from their HQ.

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Super Cali-licious Blogger: Sincerely, Jules // www.sincerelyjules.com

Although there are many bloggers that call California home, the one that stands out as the epitome of West Coast cool is Julie Sarinana, or Jules. She finds a way to mix unique pieces into effortless ensembles, usually involving a graphic tee or a killer pair of Converse sneakers. And she is one of the few fashion bloggers that can also add designer to her resume, with an amazing line of statement tees sold on both her website and through collaborations (like her recent G.I. Jules x Revolve Clothing collection).

What I love most about Sincerely, Jules: The personal touches, like posing in front of her favorite LA spots, makes her blog so down-to-earth, and I love that she shares her love of statement tees by designing for the masses.

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My “Dream Closet” Style Pick: Gal Meets Glam // www.galmeetsglam.com

I wish I had every single item in Julia Engel’s closet. Even though I admire all of these big name bloggers I mentioned above, I actually want to cultivate a style profile similar to Gal Meets Glam. She is the “I-want-to-dress-like-this-when-I-grow-up” pick. Focusing on style and beauty, Julia’s blog gives glimpses into her chic San Franciscan lifestyle. When she’s not jet setting to NYFW, she’s vacationing in Hawaii or decorating her super chic pad or putting together a new beauty look.

What I love most about Gal Meets Glam: Well, everything. I could click through her pages for days. And, she keeps a running “Julia’s Picks” wishlist in the sidebar of her website, which makes her style that much more irresistible.

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Hope I inspired some new bookmarks for you guys. See you tomorrow with a new ‘B’ blog post from Sarah!

Xx, E