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Few things are better than opening your closet and reaching for the perfect outfit. A look that is timeless-yet-modern, classic-yet-cool- a look that will help you to feel dynamic, chic and confident. Adding timeless pieces (link “Shabby Apple” site) to your wardrobe is the perfect way to feel certain that each time you reach in your closet- you’ll find something that you love.
Building a classic and sophisticated wardrobe shouldn’t be complicated and doesn’t need to be expensive. Follow along as we feature some of our must-have staples.
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Katharine Hepburn prefers fashion-forward masculine styles, while Audrey is renowned for timeless, feminine fashions. It's true, both Hepburns have totally different personalities and tastes, but when it comes to style, the icons both left their mark on the fashion world. So, which one has influenced your own wardrobe the most?Read the full post >
I am not sure where my obsession began with vintage things. Maybe it was the time I got into my grandmother’s jewelry when I was 3 or when my mom introduced me to Mad Men. Either way, I'm a fan of all things vintage. There is something so captivating about past generations. I like to imagine a time when things were simpler and the world was a bit slower paced. Let's not forget the vintage fashion. I love it most of all.Read the full post >
Though the snow falling outside my window has clearly not received the memo yet, spring is officially here! That means it's time for spring break, and a little vintage update to your tropical getaway wardrobe.
First up: a pair of high-waisted shorts. You can go truly old-school with a bright solid, a simple stripe or polka-dot pattern with bold buttons, or you can go a little more modern with patterned denim. For a casual look, stick with a cargo short, or dress things up with a luxe fabric like satin or lace. Details like scalloped edges at the bottom or a wide tied belt at the top also add a fun twist.Read the full post >
Shabby Apple is a woman-owned, woman-run company aiming to empower women as well as dress them. With that mission in mind, we’re starting a new series to highlight the many women who inspire us. Women Who Inspire will celebrate individuals who have done interesting things and that make us want to do more, too.
Meet Martha Graham, a pioneer of dance close to the heart of Shabby Apple founder (and trained modern dancer) Athelia Woolley LeSueur.
Five Things To Know:
1. She’s the mother of modern dance.
Graham developed a dynamic style that expressed strong emotion—and was drastically different from classical ballet. Sharp movements, contractions and falls characterized the style that early reviewers called “ugly” (Congress even declared it obscene) but is now remembered as groundbreaking and genius.Read the full post >
Chances are, you have a favourite Frank Sinatra song even if you don't realize it. Frank's songs are so ubiquitous, so ingrained into our shared cultural experiences, that it's impossible to not have one that you find yourself singing to yourself every now and then. Frank's popularity was at its height during the Golden Age of Hollywood, an era Shabby Apple-ites love. Imagine yourself, if you will, in the front row during a Frank Sinatra show somewhere on the Las Vegas strip in 1961--what would you wear? Here, we find Shabby Apple outfits for some of our favourite Frank songs.Read the full post >
Tropika Paraíso, our 2014 swim collection, launched this week. Here's a look at the original sketches that helped to inspire production of the final line:Read the full post >
Who else watched The Great Gatsby last year and was in awe over the fashion? Flapper dresses, high heels, short hair, pin curls, elegant evening wear, cloche hats, and some seriously insane jewelry--what’s not to love? It was effortless elegance.
Welcome, ladies to the 1920's.
We all have the twenties to thank for a major shift in fashion. Until then, women's fashion had been characterized by restrictive corsets and layers of fabric that fell to the floor, went up to the chin, and covered the wrists. Audacious women, like Coco Chanel, came along and challenged the norms. Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different." And undoubtedly, she was both. Her ideas about fashion paved the way for the sportswear-inspired and casual chic styles of the twenties.Read the full post >
“Australia inspires even the smallest of details,” says Shabby Apple Creative Director, Autumn Kimball. The Sydney City Collection is all about details--tailored lines, fit-and-flare shillouetes, girly ruffles and bright custom prints.Read the full post >
While some people are still under the illusion that the Oscars are all about the awards, I think we can agree that they’re really all about the fashion.
OK, fine: 90-10. I am sure winning an Oscar is nice. But dressing up for the Oscars has to be pretty fun, too, and those red carpet gowns did not disappoint this year, or any other year. I mean, just look at all these years of Best Actress glamour! Even Diane Keaton wore a skirt for her big win.
Of course, we all know there’s plenty more where that came from, so here are our favorite vintage-inspired gowns from this year’s ceremony.Read the full post >
We can hear the bells . . .
Wedding season is right around the corner--what will you be wearing? Whether the bride, a bridesmaid or a wedding guest, you'll want to look and feel your best.Read the full post >
The 1950s was a time of flourishing styles, lively music, and positive energy. Women wore full skirts, men carried briefcases, and at the end of every day people in suburbs everywhere gathered around the table for a home cooked meal. Although we might not spend as much time around the table these days, hosting a 1950s dinner party is the perfect excuse to throw on a new dress, turn up some bandstand music, and enjoy an evening in.Read the full post >
Vintage shopping is what I like to call a high-risk, high-reward activity. You can spend hours digging through musty, dusty piles and come away with nothing but allergies, or you can find the treasure of your life. Because we care about you (and your sinuses), here are some tips to keep you in the high-reward column.Read the full post >
Downton is back! Just a few weeks ago, the British drama captivated us (yet again!) with the story of the Crawley family. This time with even more wit, plot twists, and Maggie Smith's infamous quips. The series begins at the dawn of a new era: the 1920's. Society, ideas, and even fashions start to change dramatically during this period.
Instead of wearing more restrictive styles and corsets from the Edwardian period, the Crawley ladies embrace looser silhouettes and styles of the jazz-age. Raised hemlines, drop waists, and perfectly finger waved hair, make their appearance for the first time at the Abbey. While Cora and Lady Mary stick to conservative trends at beginning of the series, Edith however, isn't afraid to show off her fashion forward frocks and dazzling accessories! Check out Edith's flair:
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Looking to add a bold and fresh new look to your everyday makeup routine? Then get out the eyeliner and try your hand at one of the most classic makeup techniques: the cat eye. This timeless style worn by old Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn is all the rage this year. It’s versatile, elegant, and the best part? It looks fantastic on everyone- no matter what your eye shape! Pretty soon you’ll be able to master the cat eye too- with a few helpful tips and tricks from the pros. So, get inspired and give it a whirl!
Keep Q-tips readily available. This is essential! Simply dip the Q-tip in makeup remover and use to get rid of any stray marks you may make. This ensures your cat eye stays flawless.
If you’re not ready to use liquid eyeliner like most tutorials suggest, start by using pencil eyeliner first. I suggest using a pencil liner that has an extra creamy formula. This will help glide over eyelids more smoothly than most regular pencils. Once you perfect your skills, try the liquid!
Simply look to the end of your eyebrows to maintain symmetrical cat eye wings. When drawing your wing, make it point in that direction. It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time! Use your handy Q-tips to refine your line.Read the full post >
Are you ever watching something, like a Broadway Show or ballet, and it's almost (almost!) un-enjoyable because you just wish you could be up there dancing or singing with that kind of skill yourself? That's how I feel about the Winter Olympics.
Watching these women dominate in their respective fields is inspiring. I'm not calling it jealousy, but it’s a healthy appreciation for women with amazing abilities. Women are breaking down barriers across the board: competing in athletics, starting companies, potty-training two year olds, becoming best-selling authors and running for office. Go, us!
So in honor of the Winter Olympics and history of women’s triumph, here are some fun facts about women and the Olympic games:
Women first competed at the Paris Olympic Games in 1900. They could participate in three events: tennis, golf and yachting. They wore dresses that were down to their ankles with long sleeves and high heels. Sounds fun, right?
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Valentine's Day is here. Whether you look forward to this annual holiday of love with giddiness or dread, it's hard to deny the allure of a vintage romance on film. There's just a certain je ne sais quoi about watching two iconic actors of yesteryear engage in a (often doomed) romance on screen.
Looking back at classic films from the 40's, 50's and 60's, it's clear that many of those on-screen trysts are simply not going to work out. The unpredictability of the endings, in comparison to the by-the-book story lines of rom-com's nowadays, is refreshing and adds dimension to these vintage love stories. Not a fan of the whole love-story aspect? Ditch the romance and watch these films for the drool-worthy fashions.
Of course I would start with this classic film—one of the greatest of all time. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are former lovers who reconnect in the exotic locale of Morocco. They plan to run off together again, but, well, you know the rest. One of the most iconic lines of all time makes this a romantic film with a twist. You simply need to see it at least once. Besides, Ingrid Bergman's casual yet chic style is enough to keep us coming back for more.
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My Grandma still refers to my Grandpa as “my sweet man.” There is something so sweet about enduring love- the kind that lasts through the hard years, poor years, good years, rich years, kids, grandkids, great grandkids and wrinkles.
My Grandpa still looks at my Grandma like she's the only girl in the room (I'm not joking. It's adorable). They still hold hands and kiss, they still argue about how a story should be told, they sing in a choir together and say things like, “I love you, you old foagie.” Isn't it perfectly sweet to see older couples that have still got it?
Can you tell I'm thinking a lot about love? My anniversary and Valentine's Day are in the same week- so I can't help it. I'm especially thinking about lasting love. So in honor of my Grandparents and true love birds everywhere, I'm thinking of making my Valentine's Day a vintage one. A Valentine's Day that says, “We have the kind of love that will last through the years; a classic love, an enduring love. You'll always be my sweet man.”
So if you're a little bit tired of the regular ways to celebrate Love Day, like overpriced flowers and crowded restaurants, here are a couple of ways to create a romantic and classic Vintage Valentine's Day:
♥ Do something old-fashioned together. I think it sounds kind of amazing to do something other than go to dinner and a movie. No? Here are a few of my thoughts:
Walk around downtown together
Slow dance together in your living room
Go on a boat or bike ride
Have a candle-lit picnic
Recreate a classic vintage photo (My favorite is the one of the sailor kissing the nurse.)
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Hello! My name is Brittany Jepsen and I’m a designer and blogger over at The House that Lars Built. I’m pleased as punch to contribute to the beautiful new Shabby Apple. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ll be blogging twice a month about interior design as it relates to style. This is one of my favorite topics so I anticipate a fun ride!
One of my favorite columns on my blog is called “This Girl”, where I pair a girl to spaces inspired by her. I love telling stories through curated collections and this is the perfect opportunity to describe the backstory of a striking image. I’ve been inspired by Shabby Apple’s Pinterest boards and I couldn’t help but think that some of the images would make perfect candidates for This Girl, SO I decided to do a Shabby Apple version and I’m thrilled to present it to you.
First up is a striking and classy image of Marilyn Monroe from the unfinished film Something’s Got to Give, as found on the Inventing Iconic Style board. Monroe’s last movie that was not released due to her untimely death. Made in 1962, the image encapsulates the early 60s with the short sleeved white jacket and the floral tea-length pencil skirt dress in bright oranges and greens and accented with her blue travel bag.Read the full post >
A few of you asked for a tutorial on the hairstyle below used in our Winter Wonderland photo shoot. Your wish is my command!
I used brown bobby pins so you can see where I put them; but when you do it, try to match your hair color as close as possible for a more flawless look.
Step 1: Gently curl your hair all over to add body. This will also make it easier to roll and pin it up later.
Step 2: Part your hair and section the front from ear to ear. Gently back comb the crown area and pin it down in back, about two inches above the nape of the neck.
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When I first saw Shabby Apple's new outfits in the "Winter Wonderland" collection, it instantly reminded me of 1950's movie... Sabrina! Full of classic characters, romance and wit- everything about the film screams fifties, and the costumes are no exception. From a summer boating outfit, to a cocktail gown, Audrey Hepburn looks sophisticated in every moment of the film.
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Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
When I hear her name, my visceral reaction is of tailored Dior, luncheons on Martha’s Vineyard and royalty. It’s true, Diana and Jackie would have been the best of friends had they been born within one or the other’s decade.
Her style is so iconic that she gets compared to as if she were a brand herself. Shabby Apple’s new Winter Wonderland collection carries a Jackie O thread throughout each piece, with its muted pinks, deep blues and clean lines. The Hustle and Bustle dress is one Mrs. Kennedy surely would have had tucked neatly into her closet, paired perfectly with a matching pink pillbox hat.
But it wasn’t just the clothes that made her the immortal heroine we all remember her by. Jackie had this air about her that permeated grace, poise and surely smelled of Chanel No. 5. But I wondered how Jackie could emulate such beauty amidst apparent chaos.Read the full post >
It's no secret- blue is the trend of the season! From the runway to the red carpet, different shades of this classic jewel tone are emerging as the popular color for the holidays this year. And, as always, Shabby Apple stays ahead of the fashion curve by introducing their newest collection full of all things blue:
Now, before I show you the fresh looks Shabby Apple has designed for you this winter, here are some photos of the biggest fashion trendsetters (both classic and modern!) wearing this trendy hue:
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Sometimes I think Fairy Dust is real. No really. When you mix cinnamon, nutmeg, a dash of ginger, and sugar you get the most amazing concoction that you’d swear it was magical enough to make you fly.
This is an example of a thought that goes through my mind when I bake. And this time of year my baking engine revs up to an Autobahn level such that I find myself coming up with all kinds of excuses to get home, tie my apron around my waist and try out the new pumpkin cookie recipe I found on pinterest.
Here’s the thing. When I step into the kitchen and pluck my apron from its hook, I suddenly morph into a new person. This person is young at heart, determined and cheerful. It’s as if slipping the apron over my head mysteriously strips me of my worries and frustrations and I become blanketed with renewed focus and creativity.
The apron is funny that way. It’s sort of like a superhero’s cape, but way cuter. Women in the 50’s (despite the overreaching expectations of them at the time) really knew how to look good in the kitchen. And as women, we all know that when we look good – we feel good.
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It’s officially fall and nothing says autumn like luscious lips. Now that you’ve found the right shade of red, it’s time to talk about flawless application.
1. First condition your lips to remove any dead or flakey skin. If you don’t have a conditioner, try creating a DIY exfoliating scrub with olive oil, sugar, and honey. This do it yourself mixture is easy, cheap, and leaves you with soft and silky lips!
2. To keep your lipstick from bleeding use a lip liner the same color as your lipstick to trace the outline of your lips. For an even longer lasting stay fill in your lips completely with the liner to give your lipstick something to hold onto throughout the day.
3. You can apply your lipstick straight from the tube but for even better coverage use a small lip brush to fill in all the creases.
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I often find myself using Google to find beauty ads from my youth. There is just something about seeing an ad from CoverGirl in the early 90's that was in a magazine I would read (YM, Seventeen, Sassy/Jane, etc.). It makes me feel nostalgic and I find myself wishing for simpler times. Everything seems simpler in retrospect, doesn't it? That is especially true with beauty trends.
While classic and vintage looks seem simple, in reality they are notoriously difficult to create. I mean, when I use jet black liquid eyeliner to try to replicate the perfect cat eye, I end up looking like a total disaster (photographic evidence of this will not be shared because it's too embarrassing). Vintage beauty ain't easy, but it's so worth it.
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Do you want to nab a beautiful, modest, Grace Kelly-esque look to wear to the myriad of holiday parties you will be attending this season? Look no further than Shabby Apple's new holiday 2013 collection - "Winter Wonderland!"
No matter what your style, the Winter Wonderland collection has something for you. These vintage-inspired pieces are designed with sophistication in mind, realized with elegant and lush fabrics like brocade, sateen and Ponte de Roma. Beautiful, flowing full-length skirts, coupled with pleats and fit & flare dresses, make this collection one that you will be reaching for again and again.
Go beyond traditional holiday colors and opt for the rich sapphires, deep navy, royal blue and even icy pink hues of the Winter Wonderland collection. These gorgeous pieces are the perfect way to enter - and exit - a holiday party with style, grace and a touch of modern femininity.
Shabby Apple's Winter Wonderland collection is available now!
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If you’re like me and feel you were born in the wrong era, you will often find yourself gravitating toward actresses of yore for style and beauty inspiration. When it comes to film fashion, you can’t get much better than the ten years spanning 1955-1965. We’re talking Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, and the one and only Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock classics like The Birds.
Tippi famously battled both birds and the notoriously difficult director himself, but always did so with a perfectly coiffed head of golden blonde hair and a meticulously fabulous wardrobe that straddled the changing fashions of the age. Equally comfortable in styles similar to Dior’s “New Look” (cinched waist, full skirt) and the mod awakening in the 1960s, Tippi started her career as a model for brands like Sea Nymph. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I want and need the bathing suit she is wearing in this gorgeously retro campaign below (that’s Tippi relaxing casually in the middle).
Once she started working with Hitchcock in 1963, her style persona was fully realized. It takes incredible poise and, frankly, guts to endure what Tippi endured during the filming of The Birds. And yet she never missed a beat style-wise – her hair fashionably messy, her dress and jacket ensemble matched perfectly with a clasp-close tote (I am hoping said tote was filled with some sort of bird-deterrent. Girl deserves to have an adorable cat friend that will pop out and save the day stowed away in there).
After the film’s release, Tippi continued to impress with her effortless style in over fifty other motion pictures and television appearances. Her classic make-up preferences would not look out of place on today’s models – after all, the winged eyeliner trend was all over the F/W 2013 runways. No matter where you go, no matter what the occasion, a classic beauty look like Tippi’s will never steer you wrong. It’s pulled-together, smart and looks effortless (even if it’s really not – but no one else has to know that).
When in doubt about what to wear, ask yourself, “What would Tippi do?” You can wear tailored pants or you can rock a calf-length skirt that billows out beautifully from your body. Either way, you’ll be able to make a swift getaway from flocks of roving birds while maintaining your own style icon status.
Want to score Tippi's effortlessly pulled together look? Shabby Apple's fitted and flared dresses will get you there. My favourite, the Estate Houndstooth Pencil Dress, is classy and cute. Pair it with a blazer for a modern look or go full-on Tippi with a large, pearl accented brooch (like Shabby Apple's Krista!)
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Athelia "CK" Woolley LeSueur, founder, Shabby Apple, studied dance, art history, and neuroscience previous to earning her graduate degree at Stanford. Before realizing her fashion career she was a counselor for victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn, and did her best to defend human rights while at Amnesty International. She is a woman who listens to neuroscience lectures while feeding her baby, takes evening dance classes, and finds it hard to miss a new exhibit opening. She currently lives in New York City with her family where she likes to boogie with her baby.
Athelia Woolley: Fortunate Frustrations
Thunk. I see: stunned dance partner, hear: a twittering audience, feel: a sharp pain in my right leg. Falling in the middle of a performance? I could get past it. But dancing through my senior project with an injured leg? I didn't think it possible. Mental strength can be willed, but physical limitations cannot be ignored. I would learn that the line between the two can be shifty.
“Work with what you have; utilize your limitations and failures,” Professor Moses told me. “Yeech! Trite advice.” Trite advice that changed me. I couldn't jump; I decided to do the entire piece with a part of my body connected to the wall. The dance remains my favorite.
Utilize your limitations and failures: In high school, I put in writing that I wanted to be a fashion designer; unfortunately, I couldn't sew. Once I designed and sewed costumes for my high school dance concert. To the chagrin of one dancer -- and the delight of the boys in the audience -- her costume fell apart mid-performance!
Failed. That, I thought, ended my fashion career.
Okay, I thought, I’ll become a dancer. After college, I moved to London to dance. Nine months later I returned, yellow and emaciated from a rare glandular disease. Failed. Next, I worked at Amnesty International in Human Rights, worked at a neuroscience lab at Stanford and counseled victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn. My health forced me to quit all of these endeavors. Failed. Failed. And failed.
Work with what you have: Six years ago, these health problems forced me to return home to live with my parents. I worked at contract jobs but couldn't put in the long hours at an office that most jobs required. This limitation forced me to consider what I could do with my time. It forced me to squarely look at my limitations, focus and work efficiently.
Living in my high school bedroom, I revisited my high school dream – Fashion. Because I had limited experience, I conducted research -- and lots of it! (My two favorite books were The McGraw-Hill Guide to Starting Your Own Business, by Stephen Harper and The Fashion Designer Survival Guide, by Mary Gehlhar.) There was still so much I didn't know -- industry jargon for instance. I remember listening carefully to what store owners said at retail shows, and trying to replicate it, but one factory owner later asked me where I had received my training because my “phrasing was so unique!”
Limitations – I had them. One was not understanding all of the fashion business protocol. In the end, this worked to my advantage. For example, I didn't know about the cultural norm to hire an expensive wholesaler to represent company owners to buyers, a task that most wholesalers do not do well, causing many companies to ultimately fail. I didn't know any of this, but I knew that I bought my own clothes on-line, so I unknowingly bypassed wholesalers, and opened a dot.com store early on the timeline of dot.com dress shops.
Another limitation that eventually worked to my benefit was a lack of funds. As a small under-capitalized start-up, the one manufacturer who would work with me and my partner gave us only two fabric choices: cotton poplin and poly/spandex jersey. We had to be inventive. Further, because each seam, pleat, button or pin tuck in a dress cost extra money to produce, and we didn't have money, out of necessity, we kept our designs simple, making the design process easier, faster and better. As for limitations around design, convincing the manufacturers I really did want our dresses to have sleeves, higher necklines, and hemlines at least to the knee, was not easy. As frustrating as this was, it helped to define our brand and set us apart from other companies.
One of the dresses from the first Shabby Apple line produced
Not all frustrations are fortunate – some are just frustrating. I experienced many ‘blips’ in manufacturing before improving our process. One such blip involved me personally ripping off the buttons of 500 incorrectly sewn dresses. Another was when a manufacturer ‘changed his mind’ about producing dresses two days before it was supposed to ship hundreds of dresses we’d pre-sold.
One of the 500 dresses that Athelia personally ripped incorrectly sewn buttons from
Almost every person, and every endeavor has limitations. We all feel the pain, experience the thud. More often than not, if we take a step back and consider events from a different angle we can see that a limitation or failure can force us to be more creative, more inventive, more hard-working.
I read an article in my early twenties about failure that had a huge impact on me. It theorized that the people who do the best in life are those who take failure and decide that they’re going to find meaning in it. I love this notion because it brought clarity to a nuance -- it doesn’t claim that failure ‘happens for a reason’ -- rather, as people who fail, we can choose to make these experiences meaningful. It is this choice that matters. I’m so glad I read this article because I kept failing! I wanted to dance. I didn’t. I wanted to have a human rights career. I didn’t. I wanted to have a counseling career. I didn’t. However, I remember making a conscious decision that I was going to derive some sort of meaning from these failures. I decided that I wanted to make sure that I made my life better after these failures than it would have been had I never had them. I don’t really know if I’m happier now with my job than I would have been as a dancer. But, I do know that I love my job and that I never would have had it had I kept dancing.
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