Where Did U Get That is a blog by a British blogger Karen Blanchard, obsessed with shopping and fashion in New York. Documenting personal style and street style. Best places to shop, cool boutiques and shopping.
Approx one month ago (if that), Instagram launched IGTV – their answer to creating their own YouTube style channel. Unlike stories, these videos will permanently live at the top of your feeds and the videos can be up to 1 hour long. Sounds cool on the face of it, but the real question is, how much more content consumption do we really need?
I remember when I first told my friend about it and her response was: “Oh great, as if we need another reason to stare aimlessly at our phones.” Take one look around you whether at home with family or walking the streets or on the way too and from work and everyone has their heads down scrolling. Heck, even couples in restaurants do it. The original premise behind social media was to make everyone feel connected and therefore, social. However conversations have either silenced or are a half baked string of words while your brain tries to focus on texting someone else versus having a conversation with the person actually in front of you.
As a content provider, I started Where Did U Get That in 2009 when all there was, was your blog. It was the happy escape/personal diary of fashion to talk back and forth with readers, but the birth of social platforms has been a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s the opportunity to share your brand in different forms and at the same time develop deeper connections with followers which I personally love and wouldn’t have any other way, but on the flip side, the content provided is slowly but surely being stretched out like an elastic band that has no end with each new social platform created. With YouTube already dominating the video space and Instagram already having stories (mini videos) plus highlights (where you store those mini videos indefintely) plus videos within your feed (instead of posting photos) how much content becomes too much for you the viewer?
Think about who you follow right now. On top of all the platforms that already exist (wait, I forgot Snapchat and Twitter and Facebook). Do you welcome the addition of IGTV too? or do you think it’s becoming redundant to see multiple ways of following that one person?
In short, will the elastic band eventually snap or do you want it to just keep going?
Ok so I’ve come to grips with the natural hair now. But the addition of summer hair accessories has been the one change that has been a bit of a game changer for me. Big words but I wear my hair one way and one way only so for me, this is.
Hair accessories are a nod to being a little girl again but completely grown up when paired unexpectedly. One big slide or hair comb is part function but mostly part accessory and they’ve made a come back for 2018. Adult versions are usually oversized as one giant slide or pairing two oversized slides one on top of the other.
For me and my hair type, I find hair accessories with combs attached stay put the most and now that I’ve bought thes gold ones, my eyes have been opened. Of course there’s a ton out there now in different styles and price points and I feel like I can wear them year round depending on what I’m wearing. The idea of only wearing something pretty in your hair is no longer wrapped around a wedding. This summer alone, silk or satin scarfs loosely tied around pony tails are another pretty summer hair accessory. Kirby grips worn criss crossed on one side or neatly paralleled in colours that contrast against your hair colour will look incredible. Obviously you can go designer route or go with this gorgeous leaf clip from Asos (which I’m contemplating next btw).
Below is a round up of some summer hair accessories I dig:
It’s officially as hot as balls now in New York. The less you wear the better in theory but this little green dress is a bit of a life savior. On the complete opposite end of what’s new in my wardrobe, I paired it with my old cut off cowboy boots. You know the ones that I hacked to ankle height about what? six years ago? Still going strong and still as badass if I do say so myself.
Also this isn’t really a little green dress per se, it’s more of a standard-ish summer dress with just enough ruffle to keep it on the right side of pretty and not too twee. The boots help to balance some of that girlyness out of it too hopefully.
ps. What are your thoughts on Instagram TV? I’ve uploaded two videos on there so far but would love to hear your thoughts on what you would like to see me use it for outside of my weekly YouTube channel.
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Little green dress: Sezane (comes in four colours). Boots: DIY vintage. Net grocery bag: New Orleans. Similar from Mango. Aviators: Chloe. Coin pendant: Missoma. Gold cuff: Ellendem
You know that I’m a magpie shopper, always clashing designer finds with every day pieces. Well the Christian Dior saddle bag is my latest designer splurge but not really a splurge because I found it on eBay. Christian Dior brought back the saddle bag for this Fall and for next year 2019. That, combined with the weekly erosion on my will power via binge watching Carrie from early Sex and The City episodes, was enough to make me cave before the prices sky rocket.
First off, I didn’t even know that eBay had an Authenticated Luxury Handbag section for designer handbags, but that’s how I found this Dior saddle bag. The bags on there are verified from reputable sellers (I recognized the name of a couple of them myself) before being listed.
Needless to say I’ve book marked the site since a lot of the bags are new in box condition and the inventory is constantly updated. I also learned to look out for the blue ‘Authenticity verified’ logo like for the Chanel classic flaps on sale. I tell you mine eyes hath been opened which means that I’m in trouble from now on as far as my will power is concerned.
Here’s a a few verified luxury bags that I wouldn’t mind clashing with my $7 vintage dresses – as the lovely Carrie would put it:
Now I can finally ask friends did you check eBay? or ask myself actually come to think of it.
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I have a confession. Although not really since you probably know it from my Instagram but I cannot get enough of beaded bags.
I blame the Shrimps Antonia bag which was instant love at first site for me. Stalking the MatchesFashion site for days (or was it weeks) until their ‘coming soon’ notice switched to ‘add to cart.’ Side note: why are men complimenting me on this bag??? In pearly white, it goes with anything; jeans and tee, dresses, day or night. You throw anything at it. Needless to say that cost per wear factor is going down really well already and it’s still June. I saw this pearly white dupe on Etsy though which is practically identical.
Since then the above lime green number was found recently at the Manhattan vintage show. I stalked the woman holding it, praying that she would put it down only to hear her put it on hold, stating that she would return in fifteen minutes. I promptly returned to the stall twenty minutes later and they sold it to me since her time was up. Ah the victory.
I know this as usual stems from a strong vintage vibe that the beaded bags give. It’s the contrast of carrying something seemingly from a vintage or flea market with a designer or high street wardrobe. A classic ying yang that speaks to my aesthetic. From the high street, Zara promptly followed with a jet black version which completes the beaded trinity. I know, lame analogy. Also did you catch this one and this one from Mango??
Let me know if you cave too. They’re popping up everywhere but aren’t saturating Instagram making them all the more unique.
It’s officially summer – that time of the year when the temperature is up, our hair is rarely ever down, and we are faced with the annual conundrum – how to stay cool and chic at once? And while (in the proverbial sense) we always want to be “cool” in the office, on weekends, or for that date night, summer forces us to mean it literally. But with a tried and true staple like the tank top, it can be easy to fall into a fashion rut while trying to ward off the heat.
However, there’s no need to melt into a disheartened puddle just yet – I’ve figured out the best ways to style tank tops this summer that are as chic as they breezy.
For us 9-to-5’ers, the idea of wearing a tank top on the job may seem outlandish. But, street style stars and businesswomen alike have proven it’s possible. By pairing a woven tank top with wide-cut trousers and mules, or even a nice dress pant, there is no need to sacrifice comfort for dress code. Or, if duty calls (or your boss does), slip on a light summer blazer for a polished meeting outfit.
Still, outside of the office, it can be hard to find fresh ways to stay comfortable without sacrificing on style. By maximizing on trends like the midi skirt, linen bottoms, woven top, or wide-leg pant, you get more bang for your buck and still manage to stay cool when paired with a tank top. Perfect for days off, styling a tank top with your go-to pair of jeans and some sneakers can add a casual yet summery touch to your weekend ensemble.
To ensure your date-night or day-out outfit is up to style-snuff, opt for a slip or camisole top to get that sophisticated summer look. Don’t forget to add jeans and kitten heels to round it out.
So, despite the rising temperatures, trying out some styling tips can help revamp your tank top collection and give the rest of your wardrobe new life for the summer.
Check out some style ideas I’ve rounded up and comment below with your favorite way to integrate tank tops into your summer rotation!
ps. Check out Karen’s video styling three tank tops this summer.
These Are The Summer Staples You Should Be Buying From Your Go-To Store
We all have that one tried-and-true store that we turn to for our fashion fix. It’s the first place we look when a new trend emerges that is out of our price range – time and time again. Maybe its sizes and styles fit and flatter us best, has good quality products for the price tag, or consistently delivers us wardrobe winners. Whatever the reason is, we all have that one store in mind that has come to be dubbed our “go-to.”
Many of us consider stores like Zara, Topshop, Mango, among others, to be our trusty allies when the closet is looking a bit drab. Still, finding just the right product – pieces that are both trendy and work with our existing closet – can make your head hurt.
And, with the dozens of products flooding our favorite stores via those emails we’re all subscribed to (thanks, fast fashion!), it can be more of a challenge discerning which items warrant the purchase. While our beloved stores rarely let us down, it’s important to figure out which items we can get the most bang for our buck with – and, which deliver the best trends for the best prices.
Well, have no fear. I’ve rounded up the top three picks from some of your go-to stores. Whether you need a new bucket bag but without the Staud price point, or simply crave that easy summer dress you’ve been on a quest for, I’ve got you covered. So, the next time you open your browser to scan through the latest “new in” from your staple store of choice, make a bee-line for these key items. Trust me, you’ll be wearing these trends every day this summer!
Whether you need a new flowery summer dress or have been dying to try out the net bag trend, Topshop never fails to deliver. Well within a comfortable price range, these picks maximize trend impact without shrinking your purse.
Mango has got the high-quality look-alike down pat. For a trendy bucket bag on a budget or your soon-to-be favorite chunky gold earrings, look no further. These top picks are sure to keep you looking stylish and effortless this summer.
Known for having killer earrings and elegant pieces, & Other Stories hits the mark for your summer ensembles. Try pairing their breezy blouses with mom jeans and mules, or accessorize with some asymmetrical earrings for a trendy touch.
Like my picks? Comment below with your current summer staples!
Last week I passed through China town which I haven’t visited in years. It’s funny because I’m always in Manhattan but Canal street marks the start of China town heading south and I never am in that direction. I forgot how cool the streets are down there and how you get transported to another country (minus the tourists) while figuring out which Chinese restaurant to eat at.
For those into this Free People dress, you can pin the front if it’s too low for your light swtiches. I have it in three colours and wear them from random trips like this one in China Town, to running errands to a dinner out. To be honest it’s getting a bit out of hand so I’ll probably rotate them with something else before it gets labelled as my house dress.
Don’t get me started on the Cult Gaia bag. Tip: I use a dust bag as liner for small bits and pieces.
I’ve always been careful when attending weddings to pick a dress that goes beyond that one day. Heck I even applied that theory when Michael and I got married wearing this dress that I have also worn on holiday in St.Lucia and I still several years later want to wear on the odd day when the mood strikes. That to me is a well loved multi functional dress.
The same applies to the wedding guest dress. I want a wow dress that’s stunning for the occasion without the bride giving me the side eye, but is versatile enough to wear throughout the summer and beyond.
Thankfully the sales drop around the same time that you’re probably looking around for a wedding guest dress so I’ve included loads that are up to half price, you’re welcome. To me they all pass the one day wonder test. You know the drill by now: switch out the shoes, bag and/or earrings, bung on a pair of Ray-Bans and it’s instantly a dress for (insert occasion ranging from brunch, roof top parties, vacation blah blah blah).
My yellow dress: Boden. Bag: Cult Gaia. Shoes: Castaner (in case you’ve got that laid back wedding vibe invite)
If there’s one thing that’s sure about fashion, it’s that it is always evolving. However, every once in a while, a trend seems to stand still – and, with a little help from style stars and designer brands, seems to become canonized into the “classics” hall of fame. The slip dress, in all it’s chic and minimalist glory, feels like it has been around forever – and yet, perhaps now more than ever, it’s having a moment.
When it comes to staple dresses, not much can top the LBD (or “little black dress”). Yet, with it’s similar versatility and elegance, the slip dress is quickly becoming an essential trend every woman needs in her closet. Whether you decide to pair it with sneakers or stilettos, the slip dress manages to transform itself to any ensemble – dressed up or down. Pairing it with turtlenecks or even tees, this trend will blend seamlessly into your existing closet. So, with more and more unique, surprising, and comfortable ways to wear it than ever, could the slip dress be becoming the new LBD?
Before you buy yet another black dress, consider investing in the increasingly popular slip to shake your closet up a bit.
Check out some affordable, effortless styles to try out this apparently always classic trend.