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Tough, Modern, Casual Mood Board

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We met with a client this weekend who is looking for a personal shopper to help him use style to get rid of his good boy appearance. He mentioned Johnny Depp being a style icon of his because he looks up to his nonchalant bad boy vibe.

Using Mr. Depp as a starting point, we realized no one better embodies this transition from good boy to bad than Zac Efron. After obtaining a squeaky clean reputation from the High School Musical franchise, Efron transformed his personal style to slowly phase out his good boy image. Now, he’s one of the most sartorial young male actors.

As the first step to consulting our client, we created the below mood board to give focus to our mission: embody a tough, modern, and casual aesthetic during our journey of transforming him from good-boy college student to an edgy and urban professional man.

Zac Efron style mood board

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Oxblood Fall Look

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We’re totally obsessed with the oxblood color invading the fashion scene this season. We’re especially obsessed with these ankle booties from MANGO, so when we saw the brand was hosting a contest on Polyvore we figured we’d try out hand at our ideal fall look.

We envision this worn with minimal face makeup minus a bold oxblood lip and a messy chignon. Style details would include the white shirt under the dress, with the collar and cuffs popping out. What do you think? We say bring on the sartorial season of the year.

Winter Aesthetic with Mango and That's Chic

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Snapette: App Worth Knowing About

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We’re changing up Web Wednesdays this week to bring you an app you should know about. Especially if you like Pinterest, listen up.

Have you heard of Snapette? It’s like Pinterest for shopping on the go. Created by Sarah and Jinhee as part of a Harvard start-up competition, it encourages users to snap photos of shoes and handbags they find while out shopping. It aggregates these looks into a Pinterest-like view board, allowing shoppers to browse items near them and share cool finds with their followers.

Not interested in the app? Snapette is also available online, where you can browse before heading out to go shopping or just look at the eye candy uploaded from the users in over 130 different countries. The only drawback with the online version is that browsing by location isn’t as intuitive as we would like, but overall you’ll see a lot of Instagram-eque photos of drool-worthy shopper curated inspiration.

Interested in learning more? Check out http://www.snapette.com for more.

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Paisley Clutch for Covet Fridays

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We’ve always been partial to paisley, so when we came across this paisley clutch by Etro we absolutely died. It’s just so versatile in black and white that we can’t help but salivate over the possibilities.

One trend we’ve been playing around with is color blocking. In fact, Adria did a shoot with Bliss in downtown Fremont demonstrating her take on the trend, which should be live on its blog soon.

This bag just lends itself to color blocking, anchoring the look with much needed pattern, but not clashing with its blank color palette. Here is how we would style these two trends into one seamless look.

Etro Paisley Clutch Style Guide

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How To Wear Color: The Perfect Color Combinations

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We saw a color how-to guide in Lucky magazine and it really struck us. It reminded us of our how-to wear color post from a few months ago, but we liked how this article had an interesting spin on pairing seemingly dissimilar colors.

Color Combo How-to Guide

For the fuchsia examples, we loved the right look, particularly the studded collar (that’s right, it’s ONLY a collar). For the pastel and gray looks, we loved the silk maxi skirt.

Inspired by this fashion how-to, we wanted to create our own interpretation of the perfect color combinations. Here are our favorite color combos this season: 1) Blue Jewel Tones, 2) Burgundy & Plum, and 3) Mustard and Emerald. What are some of your favorites?

How To Color Combinations

1. Jewel-Tone Jacket – $69.95
2. Cobalt Blue Trousers – $250
3. Beetle Brooch – £8.50
4. Blue Booties – $130
5. Burgundy Pumps – $98
6. Maroon Tights – $9.95
7. Cube Necklace – £18.50
8. Plum Skirt – $268.50
9. Turtleneck – $52
10. Earrings – £8.50
11. Mustard Peacoat – $258
12. Green Chain Necklace – £12.50
13. Yellow Earrings – £8.50
14. Emerald Pants – $171
15. Emerald Pump – $275

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Affordable Tweed Suits For Covet Fridays

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Despite our recent beef with GQ, we are in awe of one of its most recent pictorials. In its September 2011 issue, it photographed looker James Marsden wearing the season’s hottest tweed suits.

GQ spread - james marsden in tweed suits

The texture, the depth it adds to a garment…we are obsessed with tweed. We absolutely love the pieces the GQ editors picked out for this shoot, especially the first one pictured above. However, we noticed most of them came with a hefty price tag. Since these suits don’t necessarily fall under the category “goes with anything,” it’s a pretty big investment to be dropping over $1K on a fashion-forward suiting look.

Thus, we decided to hunt for an affordable tweed suits, inspired by GQ’s recent fashion spread. We also picked out the best accompaniments and accessories to go with our suit choice, to ensure you walk out of the house donning a show-stopping look.

Which one did we find? This Barbour Tweed Check Suit. Barbour makes amazing tweed jackets, as can be seen here, but it was this full suit that had us swooning.

tweed suit style guide

Barbour Tweed Check Sports Coat and Pants – £279, £169. Shown with plaid shirt, tie, belt, socks, & shoes.

Is this suit a little too crazy for you? We found this Billy Reid gray tweed suit at Bloomingdale’s for the modest man.

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Architectural Jewelry and Designer Interview: A Covet Fridays Special

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We’ve always been a fan of structured pieces, but we’ve been ramping up our appreciation for architectural looks even more recently.

While it is easy to add architectural inspiration through clothing, jewelry is another story. There is a fine line between architectural jewelry that is costume-y and architectural jewelry that is subtle.

Thus, we were ecstatic when we came across these designs by local Seattle brand Simbiotek Design Lab (SdL). SdL is a collaborative effort by Hayley and Hunter, two architectural designers.

Below, we showcase our favorite pieces from their collection alongside a architecturally-inspired ensemble. We even have an exclusive interview with Hayley, who gives us an inside look at her designs, personal style, and more.

Simbiotek Design Lab Jewelry

Simbiotek Design Lab – $28 and under, Color Block Pumps – $775, Stretch Silk Pants – $350, Cotton Tank – $165

What is the design philosophy behind SdL?
We believe that coexistence with nature in design should be as balanced as the natural world around us. We believe in design as a process rooted in ecology, a creative interpretation of time, place and space as a manifestation of interacting relationships. Ecology is the study of the interactions between life and its physical environment; the relationship between two entities and how they affect one another. Simbiotek design lab will be a new branch of exploration with designs based on scale and elements of nature with the precision and methods of crafting with modern computer-aided devices.

How was the SdL brand born?
Hunter and I met in college while going to architecture school in Southern California. Young and starry-eyed, we dreamed of starting our own design business where we could work side-by-side to the tune of creative freedom, designing what inspired us most without the constraints of scale. Schematic design in architecture often yields many creative concepts that are never developed further. This sparked an idea for using these initial efforts as a springboard for designing new products. Prism Pendants, for example, came about after I worked on an architectural competition for re-imagining the modern classroom. During the process of design, I played with geometric patterns with the hope that a classroom could one day open up to create modular flexible, interactive spaces. After the competition was finished, I had dozens of intriguing sketches of these patterns and I thought why not turn these designs into something useful? Thus our jewelry line was born!

Take us through your design process.
Our process begins with architectural explorations that are rescaled into creative objects. The Prism Pendants are made by using a modern cutting machine called a laser cutter. Each is cut from a sheet of birch, a fast-growing renewable wood, sanded for perfection and hand-fitted onto a custom designed chain and fitting. They are simple, lightweight and easy to wear. As we are trained as environmental designers, our passion for preservation and environmental consciousness is a driving theme in our work. Every item is sustainable and packaged with 100% post consumed recycled materials.

Describe your personal style.
My personal style is a cross between my architectural self and that of my roots, an easy-going eclectic California native. I try to keep things simple. This may include wearing bold, retro patterns like those my mother wore in the 70′s with a hint of intriguing, well-designed accessories. I love to shop for things that are uniquely creative and that are a little odd. Architecture influences my style when it comes to patterns and especially accessories; this is where I make my mark. When I spot a well-designed piece, I have to have it! Maybe it’s because creativity is contagious!

Hunter is also very laid back about his style. He favors Volcom’s high end items because they are well-designed with more of a creative thought process than your typical “California surfer guy” t-shirt. The craftsmanship of the items inspires him with unique detailing and a juxtaposition of interesting, meaningful graphic prints often showcasing the environment.

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