Red, White, and Review of the 4th of July

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And now we can all let out a big sigh of relief and sadness as we wave goodbye to another epic 4th of July weekend. Yes, we all consumed too much food, spent way too much time soaking up the sun, and probably went back to work way too tired… It’s okay, it was only one long weekend. While it may seem obvious that all residents of the glorious USA would observe the birth of this fine nation, only 82% of respondents took a break from their daily routines to celebrate.

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Every birthday party has a theme, regardless if it is explicitly stated or not. For America’s birthday, anything red, white, and blue was sported this past weekend by 47% of male respondents and 58% of female respondents.

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Shockingly, only 2% of male respondents opted to wear an American flag-inspired toga get up. In the land of the free and the home of the extra-large fries, America goes big and does not go home. We asked 2,162 patriots about their Independence Day activities and found that 58% of respondents spent the weekend hovering around the barbeque with a bunch of buddies.

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Some super flag wavers took matters into their own hands this holiday weekend. Instead of watching locally scheduled pyrotechnics, 13% of respondents set off their own fireworks in their backyard or neighborhood… By the way, thanks for the invitation. Sadly, it is time to take down those star spangled banners and toss the leftover the mini food emblazoned with American propaganda. See you next year fellow patriots!

Written by Audrey Stone

Collaboration Nation: Other Stories X Richard Braqo

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& Other Stories, the Swedish fashion house and younger yet more mature style sister of H&M and COS, writes style stories every day in the lives and wardrobes of its loyal and fashionable devotees. Yet as if the fabulous ready-to-wear collection weren’t enough for us to desire and drool over, the brand’s shoe department has just swept us off our pretty little feet with a love story of its own; taking us with it on its sexy new collaboration adventures to lands so seductive we can’t help but get our panties in a twist.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,  feast your pretty little eyes on the brand’s latest (and possibly greatest thus far) marriage of high-heeled chic with high-street dreams, all in the name of stiletto genius extraordinaire, Richard Braqo..
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Parsons graduate and recipient of the Cesare Paciotti Accessories Award, Richard Braqo is the height of London’s pride and joy right now, having just launched his brand for the SS13 season. In the land of such high heeled beauties, his designs are “seductive with severe attention to detail and inspired by the designer’s own identity and experiences.” It is his signature stiletto design that has gained him much respect and admiration and the very thing he’s reworked for the high-street store yet as king of the stiletto, it’s not simply the fact that we can all have a piece of the Braqo beauty that makes this new combination of high-street with high-end fabulosity so exciting, but also the fact that it is the designer’s first time ever to design a pair of flats. Shocking, we know! But utterly thrilling nonetheless.

“This collection combines several different points of view,” noted Braqo of his latest project, “from the abstract to the whimsical and the sexy to the rebellious, all unifying feminine and masculine elements while keeping a tight palette.”

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Also part of the collection are two bags by the young and talented designer. Both in black, a clutch version and a matching shoulder edition (just in case) are sure to bring chic up a notch (or ten) in any wardrobe.With prices ranging from £39 and £79, the nine styles, all in a neutral color scheme of white, black, silver and nude, are available in store and on-line now.
Shop the full collection at & Other Stories

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Red Carpet Report: Met Gala 2014

They say life must be lived forwards yet when it comes to such fabulous affairs as this years Met Gala, it would seem utterly essential to ignore that life lesson for a moment and take a little look back in time, if even just to get us through the #yawn of a Wednesday afternoon.
A most elegant event as always, this year saw a rather diverse collection of looks hit the red carpet. From jumpsuits and separates to billowing ball gowns and sleek silhouettes the steps of the Met were adorned with the worlds most stylish stars all out as their most glamorous selves to celebrate the one thing that of course brought everyone together, the legendary yet mysterious couturier Charles James; the chosen subject for the museums annual fashion exhibition, an event surely not to be missed!
So forgetting that old silly saying about life and moving forward, it’s time to reflect upon the best dressed at this year’s Met Gala..

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Blake Lively who was a vision of old school glamour in this stunning Gucci Première number was undoubtedly our favorite of the evening. Love, LOVE, L.O.V.E doesn’t begin to explain..

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Following in closely at second and without a tier of silk missing, Suki Waterhouse was another favourite. She can simply do no wrong in our girl crush book and this Burberry dress was everything we could wish for on such a glamorous evening..
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Jessica Alba wowed as she always does. The hot Momma of two and all round lady of fabulosity wore this most sexy yet delicate Diane von Furstenburg gown which with her hair swept back, red hot nails and dangling jewels certainly paid respect to the night in question.

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As for Ms. Kruger, well we’re sure Charles James would’ve been teary eyed with pride! Her choice of designer in the ever talented and uber-cool Jason Wu for Hugo Boss showed just how an ice blue gown should be worn on and precisely made for such red carpet moments.

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Anna Wintour sure knows how to raise a fashion star and her daughter Bee Schaffer is exactly proof of this indisputable fact! Even in all her god-mother-magic-making glory, Cinderella’s fairy godmother had nothing on this Alexander McQueen gown. The 26 year-old stunner accessorised impeccably with a crystallised necklace, matching earrings and a most darling baby-blue clutch. We just wonder where her shoes were when the clock struck midnight..

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Prabal Gurung beautifully dressed sweetheart Hailee Steinfeld to perfection. Paired with nude satin heels her gown was the ultimate marriage of classic with a modern twist and just shows how at the tender age of seventeen little Miss Steinfeld is already raising the style stakes..

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Naomi Watts stole many a heart in her textured, ombre Givenchy Haute Couture number.. which most definitely included each of ours here in the Snapette offices..

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Karolina Kurkova + Marchesa = speechless..

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Karlie Karlie Karlie.. Oh how enchanting thou looked in thy Oscar de la Renta gown. Now this is what we’d been hoping for a little more of. Completing her look with black rimmed diamonds and a youthful touch in her evening-length leather gloves, the only thing missing was her bestie, Taylor Swift, by her side. I guess sometimes the shot just isn’t big enough when such de la Renta prettiness is involved..

Until the next red carpet affair darlings, it’s back to our own little Wednesday realities.. Love R x http___signatures.mylivesignature.com_54492_92_CDEF789DAD067F0DEC8D93513CC343CF

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Meet the Wardrobe Makeover Winner: Christine

A few weeks ago we ran a giveaway with some of our favorite fashion destinations out there: Brit & Co, ThredUp and StyleUp. Definitely take a minute to check them out for amazing style inspiration and shopping.

The winner received a wardrobe make over with a ShopBop giftcard and a giftcard to ThredUp to find some awesome vintage pieces. Find out more about her below:

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Tell us about you! 

Hi, my name is Christine and I was born and raised in Florida. I am a mother, wife, and hairstylist. I love how hair and clothes can express a person’s style. I wish I could shop for a living!  When I go shopping I like to find things that are cute and stylish but that will also be comfortable while chasing my 3 year old around.

Adorable :) Who is your style icon and why? 

Audrey Hepburn is who I consider to be a style icon. Her style was graceful, classy, and elegant.  A pearl necklace, and a little black dress can make any woman look glamorous.

Where are you most excited to shop using your new gift cards? 

I am most excited to use my gift cards at ShopBop and ThredUp! The ShopBop website has a great selection of fabulous designers.  ThredUp is a consignment clothing store that sells many name brand clothes at a discounted price. I am planning on consigning some of my old clothes to make room for my new wardrobe.

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This is the fab Tory Burch slouchy bag that Christine purchased using her new ShopBop giftcard!

Favorite feature on the Snapette app so far? 

I love finding sales! The Snapette app is great because it notifies me when my favorite stores are having a sale. I also love the hot section of the Snapette app, which displays pictures of the newest, trendiest fashions with the name of the store and price.

Fashiolista Contest Winner: Meet Francesca!

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A few weeks ago we ran a contest with Fashiolista. Visitors entered their email address to be entered to win a pair of shiny new Nicholas Kirkwood heels from Snapette’s partner La Muse Boutique. Meet Francesca, the lucky girl who took a chance and ended up winning these juicy cherry red pumps!

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Tell us about you! 

Hey there!  My name is Francesca and I was born and raised just 30 minutes outside of NYC in a small town in New Jersey.  Ever since I can remember, my parents have taken me to the City to enjoy a variety of its attractions.  I have always found Manhattan to be exciting and even magical.  Everything there seemed bigger and brighter, and even the people there were more fun to look at.  My mother worked, and still works, on 5th avenue, so she used to dress me up and do my hair in all the latest fashions.  It was only when I turned 14 that I truly realized I loved New York and all the fashion it had to offer.  I realized that it was the fashion capital of the world, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that scene; so I began modeling by age 16.  By age 18 I got my first job in retail at the Abercrombie and Fitch Flagship store on 5th Ave. as a store model, and by age 20 I had already modeled for Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, Candie’s for Kohls, and more.  I even began acting and booked a few commercials.

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At this point I’ve put the modeling and acting aside in order to complete a Bachelor’s degree with a major in English Literature and a minor in Dance Technique.  I am proud to say that I am a very recent Montclair State University graduate, and I will be accepting my diploma at the end of May.  In the meantime, I’ve been working in the fast-paced restaurant industry in Manhattan part-time as both a bartender and waitress.  With that being said, my fashion sense has slightly diminished.  I mostly wear all black with my hair neatly pulled back because of work, and on my days off I prefer to wear jeans and a t-shirt rather than dressing up; however, I still read blogs, and play on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram to keep up with all the latest fashion trends.  I’m always interested in knowing what everyone will be wearing next.

I am so thankful I won this contest because I think it is going to help bring back that part of me that loved fashion enough to not only watch it and keep up with it, but also to participate in it by being more bold and emphatic with my own personal fashion style.

2. Amazing, such a good story! Who is your favorite fashion icon and why? 

My current favorite fashion icon, “current” as it constantly changes, would definitely have to be Cara Delevingne. From her famous eyebrows, to her quirky personality, and all the way down to her sneaker game, Cara Delevingne, in my opinion, has made herself conspicuous. She stands out in everything she does, and she looks amazing doing it.

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I love that Cara’s personal style seems very lax and effortless. She is a bit of a tomboy, which is fun when she wears those snapbacks or beanies, but she can also pull off a really classic look when she wears jeans and a t-shirt and pulls her hair back. Overall, I think she can wear anything, as she’s proved in the numerous styles she has had to advertise over the past year.

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I think it’s important to match your style to your personality, and Cara does this very well. She seems super silly and fun to be around, so her personal style expresses that; however, I also believe it is important to be able to step outside of yourself, and wear clothes that don’t necessarily represent who you are. That’s probably the most exciting thing about fashion, because if you really think about it, you’re just playing dress-up! What girl doesn’t love playing dress-up? I believe that Cara also does this well, as she can look very sophisticated and proper when she puts on a dress and heels.

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3. Where are you most excited to wear your new Nicholas Kirkwood juicy red heels? 

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EVERYWHERE!!!  To be honest I want to wear them all over the City!  But I absolutely won’t do that because they are so gorgeous that I would hate to even mess up the bottoms of them!  I actually told my boyfriend, after putting them on and showing him how awesome they look on me, that when I wear them out he is going to have to give me complete door to door service because “there is no way that my shiny, brand new Nicholas Kirkwood heels are going to walk around the streets of New York City!”

I want to play with them a little.  I definitely want to wear them for a special event or maybe a really fancy dinner party in the City, but I also want to try and dress them down a bit, like seeing if I could wear them with ripped jeans and a t-shirt! LOL.  Imagine that?

4. Favorite feature of the Snapette app so far? 

Definitely the map!  I love that I can see exactly where I am and how far I am from stores.  It’s also a great way to discover new stores, and it’s really fun to just poke around through the stores to see what kind of clothes they sell and, for some of them, what their price points are.