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#PERSONALSTYLE INTERVIEW: LEANNE SHUPE

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I met Leanne back when I lived in Halifax and always admired her sense of style. She has totally mastered the art of effortless chic dressing, but also isn’t afraid to rock a fun print or add a fresh pop of color to her look. And while her style may have evolved since our uni days to take on a more sophisticated edge, Leanne hasn’t lost her ability to pull together the perfect ensemble with just a few simple pieces.

How would you describe your style?
Beachy Casual

What’s your fashion philosophy?
When in doubt, wear black.

Go-to Look:
I work at an ad agency so black on black during the work week, but I like to break out a good pattern on the weekend. In the summer it’s a breezy dress with a strappy heel. In the winter I’m all over the board (like our weather), but typically I’ll top off my look with a leather jacket.

Style icons:
Kate Bosworth, Ashley Olsen and Rachel Bilson (They know how to dress for short people!)

The things you can’t live without:
My lucky horse crewneck. I literally couldn’t survive on an airplane or on road trip without it. I put it on and am sleeping in two minutes – it’s magic.

Favorite places to shop:
Topshop on Oxford Street in London. To this day I’ll never forget my first time inside. The comparison to a kid in a candy store wouldn’t do it justice.

Online vs. in-store:
I’m definitely the in-store type unless it’s a really unique piece that I’ve come across online and made it my mission to locate. I’ve been a sucker for ordering online and finding out the hard way that the sizing chart hates me.

Splurges vs. saves:
Splurges: Timeless pieces that I know will be in my closet for years jewelry, belts, bags.
Saves: Flats. Being from the East Coast I’m always walking and therefore I end up going through them like Kleenex.

Fall Must-Have Items:

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You’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring 3 things from your closet – what do you grab?
My lucky horse sweater, my campfire appropriate moccasins, and my lobster bikini (might as well work on my tan).

Favorite accessory: 
It’s a toss-up at the moment between my gold knuckle ring and my buoy rope bracelet from my last trip to the South of France.

Favorite brand or designer:
I’m a big fan of Isabel Marant for the fit of her jackets and I don’t think I’ve ever successfully gone into a Club Monaco without making a purchase….which is a problem.

First stylish purchase:
In highschool my mom bought me my first pair of classic ballet flats. I don’t think a day has passed since that I haven’t had a pair in my closet.

Travel Essentials:
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve literally gotten this down to a routine:

  • 1 pullover sweater (because I’m usually the coldest person on the plane)
  • 1 Pair of plain white tennis socks (that I immediately put on when I sit down)
  • 1 eye mask
  • 1 scarf (the quickest way to look pulled together after a long flight)
  • My toothbrush
  • A book
  • 2 sets of headphones (1 set for my boyfriend who always forgets his)

Trends on your black-list:
Music festival wear. I’m just over it.

What was the last thing you bought that you instantly regretted?
I made a rule with myself a couple years ago where I have to get rid of two items for every one item that I add to my closet. I’m happy to report that since this rule I haven’t regretted a single purchase!

How would you say your style evolved over time?
In university I was a little too pattern happy – I don’t think I owned a single basic piece. Over the past few years I’ve flipped this entirely with mostly white and black in my closet now. I think the change of environment from the classroom to the office was likely the catalyst in this move, but I’ve since collected a lot more stable pieces and find myself investing more in quality vs quantity.

Any memorable fashion victim moments?
Of course – it’s called being hungover and running to the local corner store for popsicles. Luckily I have yet to run into someone wearing my standard “I got dressed with a splitting headache and my only priority is to cover all my limbs and buy a popsicle” outfit but keep your fingers crossed for me just in case…because it will not be pretty!

4 Lipstick Colors You Need for Fall

I love summer just as much as the next person — I mean, who can say they don’t like sunshine, lazy afternoons on the beach, fresh everything and sun-kissed skin? — but I’m really a sucker for hot cider, lots of layers and crisp Autumn air. Fall has a lot of perks, Downton Abbey is back (yes, this is a big deal), cool weather means comfort food galore…plus the change of season is the perfect excuse to add a couple new lipstick shades to your makeup bag.

So ditch those bright summer pinks for these gorgeous seasonal shades!

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Berry lips made a bold statement back in the Spring when designers debuted their fall collections and it’s no wonder. These fresh fruity shades are super versatile and work with every skin tone. Plus, if you’re not ready to go full blown red, this is a great way to add a pop of color to your look.

Shades to try: Givenchy Le Rouge Framboise Velours, $36, GivenchyBeauty.comToo Faced Liquified Lipsick in Melted Berry, $21, TooFaced.comMarc Jacobs Kiss Pop Colorstick in Sangria, $28, MarcJacobsBeauty.com

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There’s just something about a dramatic shade of rich wine-colored lipstick that makes me weak in the knees. It’s elegant, a little mysterious and positively stunning. This look can take on a gothic twist if you’re not careful, so make sure to pair it with a glowing complexion and a blush in a complementary shade.

Shades to try: Lâncome L’Absolu Rouge in Jezebel, $30, Lancome.comUrban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom, $22, UrbanDecay.comChanel Rouge CoCo in Rivoli, $35, Nordstrom.com

 

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Everyone needs a good nude lipstick, it’s like a law. They’re universally flattering and key for getting that fresh, all natural look (while still wearing makeup that is). Definitely choose a shade that works with your skin tone with a slight hint of color (undertones of peach and pink) to enhance the natural pigment of your lips and avoid looking washed out. Stay away from anything that looks to white — unless you’re going for a corpse-like look…

Shades to try: Jouer Hydrating Lipstick in Meg, $22, JouerCosmetics.comYves Saint Lauren Rouge Volupté in Nude Beige, $35, YSLBeautyUS.comNARS Satin Lipstick in Honolulu Honey, $26, NarsCosmetics.com

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For Fall, switch out your classic red lipstick for more complex shades like garnet or ones with orange undertones.

Shades to try: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia, $32, Sephora.comDior Rouge Lipstick in Iconic, $34, Nordstrom.comTom Ford Lip Color in Scarlett Rouge or Wild Ginger, $50, TomFord.com

#NYFW: Libertine

High energy club beats, blinding bling and bold prints dominated the Libertine Spring/Summer 2015 runway.

Johnson Hartig infused his latest collection with early 60′s and punk-inspired motifs, seen in colorful mod prints and silhouettes, layers of vibrant plastic beads and glittery patch embroidery. It strikes the right balance between youthfulness and sophistication, each piece exuding an undeniable confidence.

And while you may not be ready to step out in a head-to-toe sequinned track suit, there are plenty of pieces that are perfect for livening up the average wardrobe.

#NYFW: Lie Sangbong

Butterfly, floral and cloud motifs woven into a crisp color palette of white, turquoise, cobalt and purple floated down the runway in Lie Sang Bong’s Spring/Summer 2015 show. The collection, entitled “Dream Road” is the designer’s response to a maritime disaster in his native South Korea in April. “It is from hardship that we derive strength and hope,” says Lie Sang Bong, who wanted each design to celebrate life and evoke optimism. “With this collection, I want to share the positivity that is brought on by the beginning of spring and the promise of a new day.”

Standout details include a unique hologram jacquard print, dramatic asymmetric hemlines, oversized coats and highly structured corset-like layers over shirt dresses and airy gowns.

But it wasn’t just the garments that reflected the “Dream Road” theme. The designer paired up with Jang Seung Hyo, a Korean sculptor and installation artist, to create visually striking runway that channeled the collection’s serene, dreamlike essence. The runway featured over 1,000 glass tiles with collage-to-photo prints from the Lie Sang Bong archive, as well as the motifs debuting in the 2015 collection.

#NYFW: Monique Lhuillier

A step away from the evening gowns for which she has become well-known, Monique Lhuillier turns her attention to daywear (but think daywear for the stylish woman with places to be) for Spring/Summer 2015.

The collection draws inspiration from the first few moments of sunrise, with a spectrum of warm pastel colors and a serene, dreamlike quality, perfectly captured in iridescent silk voile tops, luminous sunrise printed scuba trousers, and cocktail dresses with layers of colorful tulle. Fabrics like “liquid satin” and reflective lamé have a sleek, modern look, while floral embroidery and petal prints are playful and feminine.

Lhuillier’s attention to proportion was another stand out feature of the collection, with layered peplums, structured full skirts, folded necklines and exaggerated sleeves giving each piece depth and visual intrigue.

Here are some of my favorite looks:

(And thanks to my lovely co-worker Shelley Brown, I can share a video from the runway…since my phone is basically non-responsive in poorly lit conditions)

 

Cozy Knits for Fall

Even though it’s been in the high 80′s for the past week with over 70% humidity (can you say bad hair day?), I’m just itching to start layering on the sweaters (admitting this often leads to disgusted stares from my summer-loving friends and co-workers — oh well). A fan of the oversized knit, I was more than excited to see designers embracing these cool weather staples in their Fall collections. Especially the larger-than-life turtlenecks, which promise lots of warmth without that restrictive feeling this sweater style is so often associated with.

My favorite way to wear it: paired with tapered trousers or a mid-length leather skirt. Still cozy, but doesn’t look sloppy.

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1. Pleated eco-leather skirt, $147, MSGM, FarFetch.com; Navy crew-neck sweater, $80, Zara.comLace-up wedge booties, $120, Nordstrom.com

2. Snakeskin creepers, $655, Purified, Net-a-porter.comTurtleneck sweater, $80, Zara.comFaux leather skirt, $50, RiverIsland.com

3. Jacquard sweater, $295, Le Mont St. Michel, StevenAlan.comWhite button-down shirt, $72, Topshop.comTapered trousers, $220, Day Birger et Mikklesen, Net-a-porter.comHeels, $145, Nordstrom.com

#NYFW : Charlotte Ronson

Soft pastels and boxy shapes, Charlotte Ronson’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection hits all the right notes. Playful polka dots, delicate floral prints and sheer panels feel feminine and flirty, while boxy jackets and button downs offer a bit of boyish charm. The collection has an overall sporty, laid-back vibe (with a slight 70′s undertone), carrying over one of Fall’s hottest trends. Velcro Teva-style sandals in the collection’s signature colors suggest that it might not be time to ditch those Birks just yet — it looks like Nineties-inspired foot year will be hanging around for another season.

Check out the looks from the show below!

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Fall Beauty Trends: All Natural

Start September with a clean slate…and flawless looking skin.

To rock an all-natural look, clean, radiant skin is key. Start with a gentle exfoliating cleanser to get your skin glowing, followed up by an oil-free luminous moisturizer. A light swipe of foundation (with SPF to protect skin) will help even out skin tone or camouflage trouble spots, but apply only where needed. A light dusting of blush or highlighter applied at the apples of your cheeks is perfect for a healthy, rosy flush and a subtle lipstain or tinted balm will give your lips a hint of color while still looking natural.

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1. Wild Rose cleanser, $28, Korres, Sephora.com; 2. Ultra-Light foundation, $45, Chanel.com; 3. SPF oil-free moisturizer; $64, Caudalie, Sephora.com; 4. Thermal spray, $18, Avene, Dermstore.com; 5. Highlighting Blush, $30, NARS, Nordstrom.com; 6. Tinted lip balm, $7, BurtsBees.com

Scholarly Style

You may not be heading back to school this Fall, but the end of summer is still the perfect time to start fresh (forget about New Years — this is the real deal). Kick it off with collegiate style that will no doubt get you in the mood for cooler weather and new ambitions. Button downs, sweaters and tailored blazers are key pieces. Cropped and oversized versions, plus out-there prints keep the look feeling modern. For a street smart edge, switch out classic loafers or heels for slip-on trainers or leather lace-up chucks; bombers and varsity jackets take the place of a traditional jacket.

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1. Crop sweater, $20, HM.com; 2. Striped button down, $30, Uniqlo.com; 3. Blazer, $96, Topshop.com; 4. Tartan trousers, $556, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Farfetch.com; 5. Pointed-toe loafers, $130, Ivanka Trump, Bloomingdales.com; 6. Cross body bag, $2,047, YSL, MatchesFashion.com; 7. Skirt, $105, Boutique, Topshop.com; 8. Heels, $65, Sole Society, Nordstrom.com; 9. Tassel bag, $371, Love Moschino, Asos.com; 10. White button down, $30, Uniqlo.com; 11. Bomber jacket, $365, Karl Lagerfeld, Net-a-porter.com

 

#FASHIONJOB : Urban Edge

Oversized demin jackets have become the ultimate layering piece. They’re just as versatile as a classic blazer, but can totally transform an outfit — whether you’re going all out normcore or just want to give a pair of tailored pants an urban edge.

One of our editorial assistants knows how to rock this trendy piece and has been mixing it into her enviable ensembles all summer long. I love it paired with slim cut black jeans, a button down (oversized or otherwise) and heels (also a great look for Fall) or thrown on top of a graphic tee and basic skirt. A stack of gold bracelets, leather booties and an on-trend bag will keep the look polished.

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1. Oversized denim jacket, $70, Zara.com; 2. Graphic tee, $81, Sergedenimes.com; 3. Furry cross-body bag, $295, Deadly Ponies, Shopbop.com; 4. Pyramind bracelet, $31, & Other Stories, Stories.com; Rosebud bracelet, $320, Aurelie Bidermann, Shopbop.com; 5. Skirt, $30, Uniqlo.com; 6. Booties, $130, Topshop.com