Cheap, Unique Holiday Gifts

In search of the perfect gift for your best friend, mom, boyfriend, brother, co-worker? Check out Urban Outfitters’ Gift Guide. This page includes some awesomely unique and inexpensive trinkets and toys that are sure to please.


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“The Sartorialist”: Fashion Inspiration


The Sartorialist

Image from thesartorialist.com

Clicking through numerous fashion websites and blogs today I eventually found my way to a page stocked full of bright and interesting photos.  These photos did not contain the latest trends or the newest fall coat, but real life people in their real life outfits.  These pictures, taken from the streets of various cities such as NYC, Paris and Milano, portray people running to grab Starbucks or hailing a cab for work, all while displaying impeccable style.  Scott Schuman, the writer and photographer behind the blog, envisioned his site as a place to display photos of people who, in turn, would give inspiration to his viewers.

Schuman says, “My only strategy when I began The Sartorialist was to try and shoot style in a way that I knew most designers hunted for inspiration. Rarely do they look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres.”

Check out The Sartorialist to get your own inspiration!

 

Editor’s note: We’ve blogged about The Sartorialist before, but it’s always refreshing to hear another opinion!  If you like The Sartorialist, check out Jak & Jil and Garance Doré (Scott’s girlfriend!). Don’t forget, you can buy The Sartorialist’s book – not your typical coffee-table-sized book, it’s perfect for reading on the go.  It’s almost entirely pictures – some from the website, some previously unseen.  It’s sold at Barnes & Noble (both Durham and Southpoint stores), and I’ve seen it at Anthropologie at Southpoint as well.  Seriously, it’s totally worth the money!

Inspired by others

Photo from lookbook.nu

Photo from lookbook.nu

Lookbook.nu understands that people draw inspiration from others. This website allows you to view pictures of edgy, cool, chic girls and guys from around the world. And if the pictures don’t catch your attention, the picture names are so unique (“You’re right behind me as before,” “And with every passing day, true colors show,” etc.).

Check it out to be inspired by global fashionistas!

Warm Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Image from asos.com

Image from asos.com

Mango Leather Gloves….. $40

These snakeskin printed gloves are sure to add an edge to any simple winter ensemble. All you need is a leather bomber, and you’ll be ready to brave the winter chill in style.

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Faux Fur Vest….. $60

Experience all the luxury that  fur has to offer without the two extra zeros tacked on to the price tag, and with a completely clear conscious with this faux fur vest.

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Image from urbanoutfitters.com

Image from urbanoutfitters.com

Knit Beret….. $20

This chunky knit beret is anything but your traditional winter cap. Protect your ears from the cold winter air and look cute while doing it.

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Image from modcloth.com

Image from modcloth.com

Printed Silk Scarf….. $20

Add a touch of drama to any dress or plain tee with this fabulous silk scarf. Whether draped across your shoulders, neatly tied across your neck, or peeking out from under a black peacoat, this winter necessity  is sure to make your outfit pop.

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Looking insanely chic in the winter for less….Priceless!

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D is for… Deals and Steals

We’ve all seen those gorgeous celebs, designer-clad from head to toe, surrounded by people yelling, “Who are you wearing?” and “You look fabulous!” This could be you. Ok, maybe you won’t attract the paparazzi, but thanks to the recently launched website, Wear Today Gone Tomorrow, you can now RENT those designer duds for less!

Wear Today Gone Tomorrow allows shoppers to rent designer dresses (the majority of their collection) as well asa  more limited selection of tops, jackets and skirts. All you have to do is sign up to be a “member” (for free!) and start shopping – or rather, renting. The rental fee is 90% off the retail price per week, plus $9.95 for shipping and $10 for dry cleaning. You can rent for as low as $20/week and the designers range from Rebecca Taylor to Diane von Furstenberg to Phillip Lim and even Zac Posen.

It’s very similar to the website Bag, Borrow, or Steal. You may remember the scene in the Sex and the City movie when Jennifer Hudson admits her Louis Vuitton Bowling Bag is rented from Bag, Borrow, or Steal, saying “It’s like Netflix for purses!”

Both websites add up to the perfect solution for fashionistas on a budget. What will they think of next?

New York Magazine: Look Finder

Check out New York Magazine’s website for this innovative way to look up your favorite trends of this season and seasons from the past.  By using five different categories the viewer can look up designs through sorting based on color to clothing type.  This functional and easy to use collection of photos can become very addicting and distracting, especially when your are trying to study for those upcoming midterms!  Sorry for this diversion, but we all need a study break from time to time, right? So check out Look Finder from nymag.com!

FashionServed.com

Creative professionals destructing adventurous and provocative scenes of innovative fashion to produce tantalizingly fresh works of art.

These words sum up just a minuscule portion of statements that could be used to describe FashionServed.com.

The site showcases both original portfolios of professional photographers as well as the fashion collections of numerous top designers.

Giuliano Bekor created prints for the Eva Culture look book capturing the elegance of the beautifully draped clothing while pushing for a strong sense of romance through the model’s poses and dramatic hair.

Eva Culture

Eva Culture

Humor also plays a role in some of the more editorial shoots.  I could not get over the ridiculous makeup and setup of Ben Duarte’s Circus Life editorial featuring models in a strange array of prints and shapes with full on clown makeup.  What exactly is remotely pretty or interesting about girls in straw with a circus tent as a background?  Maybe others think differently but honestly, clowns are scary!

Scary? Non?

Scary? Non?

FashionServed.com definitely can take the viewer by surprise but its power to do so makes the up-and-coming site worthwhile to check out.

I’ll end with a quote from Lady GaGa.  It goes out to all my friends with a similar fetish for beautiful clothing WAYYY above our price line.

“We live a cute life
Soundfematic, pants tigh-ter than plastic, honey
But we got no money”