FashionHeather Mark for Elle France

Heather Marks gives the happiest place on earth some fashion edge, with her shoot Fashion Parade for Elle France. Heather hangs with Disney celebs both old and new, from Mickey to the stars of The Incredibles. Shot by David Burton with styling by Elissa Cannelle Castelbou, you can see Heather rocks designers like Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and more! Check out this amazing editorial bellow. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FashionLooks We ♥: Embellished Collars

 
I currently have the biggest crush on oxford collars, which had recently turned into full on infatuation with the emergence of detachable and embellished collar micro trend. Both sharp and classy, playful and professional, this can be seen on the catwalks of SS 2012 shows such as Louis Vuitton. Plus, they really work out for any style; girly, edgy, prep, vintage, you name it! Come, take a journey with me into the world of collars. 
 
 
Oh pearls, they’re gorgeous aren’t they? They add this delicacy to and outfit, and remind me of pure innocence. I love the idea of rocking a full on monochromatic look with the accent of pearls at the neck. 
 
 

Who doesn’t love some bling around their neck? These collars have such a lovely vintage feel to them, I can just imagine the full a line skirt and mary-janes paired with these beauties. These are definitely some of my favorites pictures of these glittery masterpieces. 
 
 
 
The stud is my absolute favorite of them all, but that’s just the kind of girl I am. What really makes me love this trend so much is that it gives you the perfect amount of flare. It’s a genius idea to add simple intensity to such a basic piece.
 
 
 
 
I am a sucker for cats (Um, Cat Litas anyone?), so I love these last two picture I found. The piece de resistance is the statement necklaces paired with the collars. Gives it that extra oomph, you know? I almost feel a DIY blog coming on…

So are you guys as excited about collars as I am? Or is just a miss for you? Let me know!

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FashionStyle How-To: The Button Up

Button-ups are coming back in a big way and we’re loving it. Whether they are bright, plain, printed, or vintage-inspired, we love them all. Plus, they are the perfect key piece for a fall to spring transition. Check out these awesome outfits, the inspiration behind them, and get some great tips for how to wear our fav button-ups!
 
 
 
Transition into Spring with a Miami Vice twist. Keep your sky-high booties and bright jeans, but pair with a neutral blazer and a pastel digi image buttoned to the top for that extra clean look. It’s sophisticated and fun, and would make the perfect day-to-night by just ditching the blazer and adding the perfect muted moto jacket with it. 
 
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Double up your button-ups with this sweet, cutesy number. This beautiful bird print is super adorable, plus super hot for spring. Since the skirt was button-up as well (see what we did there?), we paired it with a pussy-bow blouse that had a covered placket, so it wouldn’t be too overwhelming. We broke the skirt and shirt up with a skinny belt, and topped it with some buckled booties and socks to tie in the sweetness of this outfit.  
 

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The final look we put together was a classic color block look, inspired by some of our favorite street fashion, with a side of edgy chic. We can’t get enough of cobalt nor wide leg pants, so we paired them with one of our favorite, and most minimalistic, button down. We added splashes of saturated pinks with the shoes and the belt and topped the whole thing off with circular sunnies, a current obsession of ours.
 

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FashionInsta-cute! Amanda Norgaard for NY Times Style

Amanda Norgaard by Sanchez & Mongiello, New York Times Style Winter 2010

MusicArtist to Watch: Ski Lodge


Ski Lodge is the perfect band to be our last featured artist from the Digital Album. I mean, it’s winter and their name is Ski Lodge. Who doesn’t want to think about log cabins, snowmen, hot coco, and ski lifts? Hailing from Brooklyn, this fearsome foursome is coming up in the world of music, being featured at CMJ in October. Without futher ado, come join me for an interview with Andrew Marr. 

 

So the band name begs the question, are you stoked on skiing or snowboarding? Or have a love of hot toddies at the lodge?
Ha, yeah I like both. Been snowboarding for a while but I’m thinkin about switching back to skiing. I always picture a certain scene when I hear the term “ski lodge.” People hangin around having a good time, by a fire, colorful/florescent one piece ski suits, bad sweaters… probably some hot toddies!
How do you hope to inspire your fans? What do you want fans to get out of your music, especially “I Would Die To Be?”
Umm, I guess if I inspire someone at all then that’s a win for me ha! I really just want the music to be something that makes fans happy or gives them something to relate to when they aren’t so happy… With this song specifically, I guess I just wanted it to express a level of frustration toward someone you like want to be with but things aren’t going the way you’d like them to. I think most fans would be able to relate to that.
What would you be doing if you weren’t (or when you’re not) making music?
When I’m not making music I like to eat/cook, watch movies, run, and play golf. If you’re asking what I’d be doing for a career, I’d probably choose being a chef or a pro golfer(even though I’m not that good at golf).
Fill in the blank, Ski Lodge is forever grateful for …
Bill Murray.
(Who doesn’t love them some Bill Murray? This picture doesn’t really have anything to do with Ski Lodge, it’s just awesome)
I know you guys are slated to play College Music Journal’s Music Marathon in October. Do you tour often?
Well “Ski Lodge” has only been around officially for about 4 months, so we just played our first 2 shows as a band at Cake Shop NYC this past month. We plan to try and do a bunch of touring once CMJ is over.
What have you learned about yourself in your musical evolution?
That I am very good at starting things but not always good at finishing them!
Do you have pre- or post-show rituals?
Nah I don’t think so. Recently I’ve been drinking lots of coffee before shows in order to get as anxious as possible, does that count?
Best show?
I’d have to say one of these recent shows at Cake Shop here in New York. I mean if I’m talking about “Ski Lodge shows” then I only have 2 experiences to go off of haha. But even counting shows from the past with other bands and stuff, these recent ones were really exciting, there was a sort of buzz surrounding them, at least from my point of view. And we had great audiences for both of them. That’s really what makes a show for me, it all depends on how the audience reacts to the music and if they are like dancing and stuff. 
 
Of course, then I need to ask … any disaster shows?
The closest thing to a disaster that I’ve experienced happened to me with my band down in Florida. Our bassist fell off the face of the earth the day before we were supposed to play our first show as a band. He decided to resurface, totally wasted (with none of his equipment), as we were doing a sound check. Then I think he got kicked out of the venue for bringing in his own bottle of whiskey. So we played without a bass player ha.. I guess it wasn’t a disaster per se, but definitely interesting and awkward.
How does fashion inspire you?
I think fashion is one of the best ways to express yourself. Fashion has inspired lyrics of mine in some instances… I’ve always appreciated certain trends and I feel like things are always better when people are dressed fashionably, not like totally crazy, but just enough to bring a certain vibe to a place. Does that make sense??
What else inspires you? Other artists?
There’s so much that inspires me! Other music is probably the main thing. There’s awesome music coming out every week, it’s so hard to keep up with. But the fact that bands and artists keep putting out great music helps me believe that I can also continue to make music that is somewhat authentic and fresh.
Favorite movie?
I don’t really have just one favorite. I love “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Big Lebowski” to name a couple.

Favorite artist?
Always been a fan of Salvador Dali. I wish I was familiar with more artists than I am, that’s something I plan to do.
Favorite musician/band?
This changes so often. Right now it’s Beirut, maybe? It’s kind of just whatever album I’ve been listening to the most. Currently I’ve been loving Beirut’s “The Rip Tide.”
What’s next for Ski Lodge?
I think we will try and do some sort of touring for a little while, probably not long because I’m anxious to start recording the full length. So that’s the next big thing I guess – a full length record!