Monday, May 23, 2016

Remixed

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I love the playful, almost nautical feel this new pairing gives off.  The obi belt on the skirt compliments the movement of the bell sleeved top, while the shoes round it out with the perfect pop of color.  I wore this outfit to a networking happy hour and not only was it comfortable and fun, but it earned bonus points for being a conversation starter.

How can you remix your old favorites in a new way?

J. Crew skirt on sale (chevron print here, chino here) // Torn by Ronny Kobo top (sold out, Forever 21 replica here) // Valentino heels (sold out, similar here)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fashcap

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1) For the first edition of Fashcap I shared denim line RE/DONE, a company that takes vintage Levi’s apart at the seams and re-sews them into new, flattering cuts. While I’m still a huge fan of the brand, their $200+ price tag is a little steep. Check out Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters for the same concept at a much lower price. I love this frayed cropped pair and this pair with uneven hems has me swooning.

2) When did New York have the best style? Four fashion heavyweights debate the best era of sartorial expression in this article from New York Magazine. I especially love the chance encounter Linda Wells describes with Diana Vreeland (larger than life) while Rembert Browne makes a very compelling case for why Puff Daddy truly is a fashion icon.

What's your favorite style decade?

3) What can I say, I have mules on the brain. Comfortable, versatile and chic, we’re going to be seeing more and more of them come fall. Two new lines I have my eye on are Mari Giudicelli and Alumnae. Want the look but not the price tag? Zara is killing it with their options. Check out these, these and these all for less than $90.

4) I’m a firm believer in lifting people up. When a mutual friend introduced me to Sklyer McCurine, personal stylist of Le Red Balloon, and Laura Johnson blogger of Distillerista, I immediately knew they were of my tribe. Kind, intelligent and taking the world by storm, Sklyer will help you reach your full potential through fashion, while Laura is a pioneer in her field, owning female run craft distillery You & Yours Distillery Co. Check them out and rest assured you'll be hearing a lot more from them.

Photos courtesy of Urban Oufitters, Rose Hartman/Getty Images (Diana Vreeland), Alumnae, Mari Giudicelli, Le Red Balloon and Distillerista.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Double Denim

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I love a good oversized turtleneck so when I saw this bleached denim number from Ashley Rowe I was smitten. While turtlenecks are normally fall/winter territory, this is the perfect transitional piece for May grey and June gloom. Lightweight with a touch of distressing and frayed edges, it fits into my wardrobe with ease.

Never one to give up an opportunity to rock a Canadian tuxedo, I paired it with my other denim obsession and some menswear inspired broques.  If you're not feeling the androgynous look, try a pair of cigarette pants in a pop color, stiletto sandals and a topknot for girl's night out or date night.

What do you think of the oversized look?  How would you style this turtleneck?

Ashley Rowe turtleneck // AMO Denim Twist jeans // Zara shoes (sold out, similar here and here)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fashcap

FashCap1When In Spades first started I began a series called Fashcap as a way to share new, noteworthy and inspiring stories in the fashion world. As I celebrate my second year of blogging, I’m feeling a sense of renewed energy and inspiration for things I want to tackle in my third year, so each Friday I'll be resurrecting Fashcap as a way to share the things I'm currently swooning over.

1) I've had these Zara mules on the brain for months now and keep awaiting the day they come back in stock in my size. At $119 they're stylish, comfortable and the perfect staple to have in your spring/summer wardrobe.

2) If you follow me on Instagram, you know I attended Create + Cultivate Los Angeles last weekend. Besides being a super inspiring day of fresh, educational content, it was an amazing networking opportunity. Pictured here with my dear friend Kara of Kara Loves Coco, we discovered a new beauty line called H20+ Beauty.  Stay tuned for a review of their products coming to the blog!

3) A lover of elegant staples, I was thrilled to find Dresshirt, a company that creates silk button-ups with a customized message on the back. Now the question is, what message should I choose?

4) I've been a huge fan of Alber Elbaz for an eternity and now that he's on Instagram, I'm more enamored than ever of his creative and kooky spirit.

5) Quirky accessories are totally up my alley.  These translucent TikTak clutches from Urania Gazelli are whimical and oh-so-fun.  What's not to love?!

Photos courtesy of Zara, Create + Cultivate, Dresshirt, Alber Elbaz and Moda Operandi/Urania Gazelli.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Acai Body Oil by Rudolph Skin Care

If you follow me on Instagram you know I’ve been hinting at bringing makeup and beauty reviews to the blog. Like many women, I’m always on the lookout for new, game changing products and enjoy experimenting with up-and-coming lines, so why not share the love!

My first challenge was to find a new body lotion. After years of using Lubriderm and never bothering to look at the label, I found out it contains parabens. I had recently read about a paraben-free body oil that Helena Christensen used while pregnant. If a supermodel sweared by it, I knew it had to be good.

Rudolph Skin Care is a line out of Denmark committed to creating luxury beauty products free of toxins and harmful chemicals. Similar to Jessica Alba starting The Honest Company, Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph created the line while pregnant after recognizing a void in the market for safe, effective products.

Rudolph Açai Body Oil
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The Details
Made with pure vitamin E, açai, almond, jojoba and olive oils, its primary aim is to strengthen your skin’s elasticity and prevent the signs of aging. It won the Danish Beauty Award in 2011 for “Body Care Product of the Year”.

While I originally searched for a lotion, I am now a total body oil convert. I apply this right after showering and unlike lotion (which is super easy to overuse) a little goes a long way. I use about 6 pumps for my legs and 4 for my arms, chest and stomach. With a faint smell of berries, it’s warm to the touch and I immediately feel like I’m covering myself in velvet.
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Oil vs. Lotion
At first I was concerned an oil wouldn’t absorb quickly and I’d be left waiting 20 minutes before I could get dressed. Not at all the case here. The product absorbs quickly and deeply so I’m able to get dressed right away. If you’ve ever had a HydraFacial, you know what it feels like to get moisturize to the deepest layers of your skin. It’s akin to moisturizing from the inside out – this leaves my skin feeling supple and quenched. I have never felt this level of hydration from lotion or body butter.

Cost and Shipping
Rudolph Açai Body Oil is only available on their website. I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how much I was spending on this until I did the conversation rate. A product of Denmark, you can pay in Danish krone or euros and it comes to about $60 plus $15 for shipping (mine arrived in 3 days!). Definitely a higher price point, but I strongly believe it’s worth it. Our skin is our largest organ and as my mother used to say “you only get one body, so take care of it”.

Final Verdict – Highly Recommend
- Great for women who are trying to prevent the signs of aging, pregnant women, or total skin freaks     like me
- Free of parabens, synthetic colors, synthetic perfumes and essential oils
- Faint berry smell is not overpowering
- Warm to the touch (I can’t wait to use it in winter)
- Absorbs quickly
- Results in exceptionally supple, deeply hydrated skin
- Higher price point
- Limited availability but fast shipping
- Glass bottle is beautiful, but not practical for travel

I hope you find this review helpful. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Macbook Air + Canon Rebel Kit Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! To get you through the middle of the week, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway. Two lucky people will win! The grand prize winner will receive a brand new 13.3" Macbook Air and the second prize winner will receive a Canon camera kit which includes camera body, 2 lenses, camera bag, strap, tutorial DVD, and many more! This is open to international contestants and you must be 18+. Please review the full Terms & Conditions prior to entering. To enter the giveaway, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The more accounts you follow, the more chances you have of winning! We will pick the winners who are following all accounts. Good luck! Macbook Air + Canon Rebel Kit

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pop Art

Yigal2a Yigal6a Yigal8 Yigal5 Yigal7 Yigal10 Yigal1 Yigal4b Yigal3a Yigal11 Back in March, I had the rare and wonderful opportunity to meet Yigal Azrouel at a trunk show benefitting Miracle Babies. He is as charming and passionate about fashion as you would imagine, and I had a blast playing dress-up in his SS16 and resort collections (not to mention the sample pieces he brought from New York from his yet-to-be released FW16 collection).

I immediately gravitated towards this pop art print dress. I'm quite picky when it comes to prints, but this presented the perfect balance between understated elegance and whimsy. The scuba material is super flattering and kind of irreverent at the same time, which made me fall in love even more.

As with most of the items in my wardrobe, this dress carries with it a special story. I'm a firm believer in wearing pieces that not only make you feel good on the outside, but also spark something magical on the inside. I love that Yigal himself helped me pick it out. One day when I can no longer wear it and have to pass it on to someone else, the story of its origin will continue.

Yigal Azrouel dress // Maje leather jacket (sold out, similar here) // 
Prada sandals (sold out, similar here)