Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham!

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Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham!
Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham! Photo Credits: tumblr | pinterest | wordpress

Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham! Shopcade salute you and your amazing style. Spice Girl, WAG and now respected designer, you could say VB has accomplished a lot over 40 years. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have roped in curator (and mega fan) Natalie Corner to chart Victoria’s style evolution over the years. 

Over to you Nat…

Happy Birthday Victoria Beckham!“If you grew up in the 90s you were a Spice Girls fan. Period. Even if you didn’t grow up then, you became one in 2007 when the reunion of the five girls who invented ‘girl power’ happened and brought happiness upon the world once again.

Everyone had their favourite ‘Spice’, when I was growing up it was Scary Spice for obvious reasons. But now there’s no denying that my favourite is Victoria Beckham, who has spent many years trying to shed that ‘Posh’ moniker.

Victoria was always known for wearing a lot of black when she was in the Spice Girls, it was her character signature. The most memorable of them was a short ‘Gucci’ mini from the very early days that also appeared in the – bad in a good way – SpiceWorld: The Movie.

In a collaboration with Skype earlier this year Victoria spoke about the look, confessing that in actual fact it was from the high street: ”The first dress that I wore in the Spice Girls, which everybody thought was a little black Gucci dress, was actually from Miss Selfridge – it wasn’t a little back Gucci dress.”

That super mini dress theme continued as she walked the red carpet in gold lame with her fellow Spice’s at the 1997 Billboard Awards and again at the MTV Europe Music Awards in the same year. Not to mention those terrible matching pinstripe suits, canes and cigars(?!) the girls all wore to their film premiere!

When the Spice Girls announced they were parting ways to “pursue solo projects”, Victoria, the one who never really sang, went ahead and launched a bid for that coveted number one spot with her first single ‘Out of Your Mind’ with Dane Bowers and Truesteppers. It was a tough chart battle, getting pipped to the post by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s summer anthem Groovejet. The look Victoria went for during her solo career was very interesting(!) working slashed leather, lip rings and the odd few skunk-like extensions.

After being crowned the ‘IT’ couple and nicknamed Posh and Becks, she married successful footballer David Beckham with the wedding exclusively covered by OK! Magazine. She wore an ivory Vera Wang gown, followed by hideous matching purple outfits for the reception.

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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! Want to win a £150 gift card?

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CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! Want to win a £150 gift card?

ATTENTION ALL BLOGGERS! For a few days only, we are giving away £10 Shopcade Store gift cards for every blog post written about the Shopcade Store!

If that wasn’t enough, you could also be in with a chance of winning tickets to our exclusive VIP Style Battle party taking place next week, plus a £150 gift card too! Wow, we really do spoil you guys!

All you have to do is what you do best… blog! Just write about the Shopcade Store and pick a product/brand to review and you will automatically receive a £10 gift card. Simply email [email protected] forwarding your blog URL and she’ll get right back to you.

Just by blogging about us, you are entered into a prize draw to win a £150 gift card for the store, plus VIP entry to our Style Battle party in central London and a feature on our blog too.

The Shopcade Store is home to some of the newest and up-and-coming designers and brands that we love. We’re scoured the web to bring you the best handpicked items that we know you’ll love too. Brands include accessory queens Finchittida Finch, nail art supremo DIY Nails and illustrator extrondonaire LOTA just to name a few!

We’ve chosen our favourite products from the store in our Top Pick list so why not check this out for inspiration to get you started? Visit the Shopcade Store now.

Better be quick! This competition ends on 15th April 2014, so get typing bloggers and and don’t miss out!

Have You Been Style Spotted?

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Have You Been Style Spotted?
Style Spotted | Photo Credits: @katiehandy-Beith | @zarataylor | @marie-barbegirard

Our crack street style team (Katie, Zara & Marie-Barbe- look ‘em up!) took to London last weekend to pound the pavements and uncover the hidden fashionistas of the Capital.

We had a ball meeting all you lovely Shopcaders out there in person, even if things didn’t always go to plan (Katie getting pooed on by a pigeon early on for example- LOL) you still embraced us all and posed in your droves.

You may have checked out our Facebook album already, but for those of you who haven’t had time to peek yet, here’s our round up of the best looks from Shoreditch and Carnaby Street. Have you been Style Spotted? Here’s the looks we have featured on Shopcade this week…

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How To Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

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How To Accessorize Your Little Black Dress

How To Accessorize Your Little Black Dress | Photo Credit: Motel Rocks | Missguided

We all know how iconic the little black dress is. The perfect style staple, a safe haven for every fashionista, but at the same time a total nightmare to accessorize right! How many times have we all got ready for a night out without knowing how we’re going to make our LBD stand out from the rest?

Thankfully, when you’re working the LBD, you pretty much have a blank canvas you can start with to create the look you want. Here’s some ideas on how you can accessorize yours…

LBD Belts

Buying yourself a belt – we’re thinking black with a metallic buckle or even something like diamante detail – is a great way to add something different to your look and it can also help to break up your dress and make it look like a completely new product.

Thicker belts are best for accessorizing with an LBD, a smaller one will just get lost within the dress and look like it’s been lazily thrown on rather than an actual piece of intended fashion.

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#GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!

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#GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!

Over the next three months we will be plotting our summer getaways and we hope you’ll join us! Every week we’ll be packing our bags and traveling to a new destination with Contiki, the worldwide leader in travel tours for 18-35 year olds. Each destination means a whole new wardrobe fit for the locale. On our journey you’ll be able to get tips from top fashion bloggers on beauty and style and sneak a peek at their travel essentials. This week we’re preparing for our European adventure with globetrotting fashion blogger, Francesca Garcia-Miro of Drifting Nomad. Find out what’s in her Shopcade and get her tips on what to wear in her three fave European cities.

I’ve been living in Europe for the past 11 years and have been able to travel, get lost, learn and absorb various and diverse cultures. If I had to pick three of my favorite destinations -with the risk of sounding cliche and cheesy – (and probably because I still have a lot to explore, get to know and learn) they would most definitely be Paris, London and a tie between Barcelona and Amsterdam.

 #GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!
PARIS
is simply magical and really, who doesn’t love a city where you can find Nutella crepes in every corner? I did a few posts with some of my favorite corners of Paris last time I went for Valentines day. You can find them here & here. My ideal outfit in Paris would be a long peplum pastel skirt and a striped t-shirt with silver or gold oxfords and a nice hat. A cute yellow dress with some knee socks and a fun coat if it gets chilly could work as well. Of course, a camera always in hand. If I travel during winter a nice fur coat with some skinny leather jeans are a great option.

 

 

#GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!LONDON is grey, gloomy and it rains too much but I dare to say the variety of cultures and amazing people you find around the city is very similar if not greater than what you find in New York (and I’m a die heard NYC defender.) Fashion, style and personality abounds the city, it’s impossible to not get inspired. You can constantly feel inside a Mary Poppins scene though some neighborhoods can get extremely sketchy. During winter I feel like camel coats can be the perfect fit or an all white outfit with a cute pastel color oversized coat seems like something I would wear as well. London during summer simply calls for a crop tied vintage blouse, some high waist old mom jeans, a bandana wrapped around your head with some cute JuJu sandals or Supergas as well.

 

#GetPacking: Wandering Style – What to Wear on Your European Adventure!AMSTERDAM is amazing. A city surrounded by beautiful canals & people in bicycles. On the food note, their Olie Bollens in winter are to die for. As a matter of fact, take a look at some of my first posts where coincidentally they were of one of my trips to Amsterdam. Of course, you will see these balls that I am talking about in the first picture. If you haven’t noticed by now that I am a sucker for all things dough, IE: Funnel cakes, pancakes, doughnuts, cookie dough, etc., take a trip with me to Amsterdam and watch me eat 15 of those dough balls a day. Oh and cheese, I’ve seen cheese be made here and tried ALL sorts of them. What else can anyone ask for? (Oh yeah, HEINEKEN beer) The perfect outfit for a trip to Amsterdam would be some ripped jeans, a fluffy coat, a pair of Supergas a coal beanie and a backpack for when riding your bike.

 

Want to getaway? We are giving away a once in a lifetime adventure AND all the essentials you will need to survive your voyage – travel bag, hi-tech headphones, clothes…yes, yes, yes! We know, it sounds too good to be true — but this getaway is the real deal. Click HERE to see what dreams are made of so you cab hurry up and #GetPacking.

PS: Don’t forget to follow @Shopcade@ContikiUS, and @ContikiUK to be the first to know!






3 ways to wear leather shorts with Connie

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3 ways to wear leather shorts with Connie

3 ways to wear leather shorts: 1: Black on Black | 2: Colour pop brights! | 3. Monochrome chic

One of our Faces from last month fashion blogger Constance Victoria, is a designer and photographer who, along with her friends, has created the brand Aztral.

3 ways to wear leather shorts with ConnieHere, Constance tells us three ways to wear her black leatherette shorts in time for Spring/Summer as well as a few more questions about her upcoming new collection currently being manufactured…


What inspires you and the design team?
The design team and I have been hugely inspired by a mixture of minimalist shapes and streetwear culture to come up with a cool and contemporary mix of the two. We are a home for modern style without the pretentious terms and conditions. East London imagination merges with monochrome silhouettes and simplicity to present fashion that sets a rebellious, yet polished outcome. We like to emulate a high fashion impression in an accessible, urban and adventurous way.

Sum up your style in three words.
Minimal, sporty, contemporary

What piece of style advice would you give to others? 
Wear what makes you feel good! Don’t worry about sticking to trends or fitting in with the fashion crowd. As long as you feel good in something then you probably look good too!

Constance’s 3 ways to wear: Leatherette Shorts

1. Black on black
When in doubt, head into the black zone! This all-in-black look will match any accessory. Gold was chosen for this look to keep it chic and simple. Wear with converse for a day time casual look for chilling in the park.

2. Colour pop brights!
Team the shorts with a pop of colour – I’m loving cobalt blue at the moment, and this jacket is perfect to pull on when the evening chill sets in. Spring bling and polkadots are ideal for this fresh look; perfect for a drink down the pub!

3. Monochrome chic
I’m loving stripes and sportswear so this is a perfect match! Team your of-the-moment varsity bomber with a turtleneck, our leatherette shorts and some slip on plimsolls.






How to do purple eye makeup for Spring

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How to do purple eye makeup for Spring
Perfect Purple Eyes for Spring | Photo Credit: crazypretty.com
It’s time for another make up masterclass with our resident beauty curator, the lovely Polina Berdos. This week she shows us how to perfect purple eye makeup for Spring. Over to you Polina…

 

“Purple is intriguing. Purple is magical. Purple is distinctive. I adore purple and deep plummy colors, I find them so elegant, even royal. It’s a great colour for eye shadow because it complements most skin tones and eye colors. And to top it all off, ‘Radiant Orchid’ is the colour of the year!

 

There are two different shades of purple. Violet is a pretty pastel shade with more blue in it. Radiant Orchid is a bright, bold blend of fuchsia, purple, and pink. Both are very pretty and versatile.The combination of these shades is such a gorgeous look for spring… So let’s get straight into the makeup tutorial.


Alright, so I created this purple look using my Urban Decay “Smoked” Palette and a violet mineral eyeshadow “Frozen Angel” from Neve Cosmetics.

I mixed a deep purple eyeshadow with violet and I absolutely love the way it turned out. Don’t forget to line your eyes. Of course, this step is optional but it will make your makeup more dramatic.

 

I added a few coats of mascara to my lashes and applied my false accent lashes from Ardell to create a cat eye shape. Don’t be afraid to try this awesome look because it’s not as complicated as it looks. With some practice and experiments, it gets neater and tidier.

 

As always, you can find the products that I used and some similar products in my Shopcade list“. Polina x

 

To see more from Polina, check out her blog Summer Caffe here >






Style Battle: Meet the Style Council…

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Style Battle: Meet the Style Council…

Style Battle: Meet the Council!

Unless you have been living under a rock the past week, you can’t have failed to notice that our Style Battle competition has officially kicked off!

We’ve recruited some of the most influential people in fashion to sit on our style council and find the ‘Face of April’, but how much do you really know about the people you need to impress?

Here’s our insider rundown on our amazing style council for April’s Style Battle…

 

Style Battle: Meet the Style Council…Vogue Williams

Who is she? An Irish model, DJ and TV presenter, Vogue has DJ’d at some of the biggest festivals in the world, including Oxygen Festival and Europe’s biggest private party, The Trinity Ball. She’s also appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2011.

Did you know? She’s married to musician Brian McFadden and last year starred alongside him in the TV show ‘Stepping Out’. Aww.

 

Style Battle: Meet the Style Council…Lee Stafford

Who is he? Are you kidding? This is THE Lee Stafford, celebrity stylist and all around hairdressing legend.Chances are you will have used his amazing range of products at some point in your life, or gazed adoringly at a celeb whose hair he will have coiffed.

Did you know? Lee has starred in his own TV series, The Hairdresser, and hosts the annual BBC TV Children in Need charity telethon, Celebrity Scissorhands.

 

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#IWANTITALL: Chicago Fashion Blogger + Influencer Dinner

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We spent last week in the Windy City – Chicago, IL! On Wednesday night, we introduced Shopcade’s new “Looks” feature to local Chicago fashion bloggers and influencers with an intimate dinner in the city’s River North neighborhood. We asked guests to wear their finest dinner party attire for a chance to win “Best Dressed” of the night. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new community-driven feature than food, fashion, and FUN!

#IWANTITALL: Chicago Fashion Blogger + Influencer Dinner
US Communications Manager, Monica Dimperio, wearing mixed prints, greets stylish guests DJ Matt Roan, James Goeke, and Elise Schmitt.

#IWANTITALL: Chicago Fashion Blogger + Influencer Dinner #IWANTITALL: Chicago Fashion Blogger + Influencer Dinner

The back booth at Bottlefork, Chicago’s newest dining hotspot, was our nook for the evening. Wine and cocktails were flowing while we played with Shopcade’s new “Looks” feature on our smartphones, uploading our own dinner party looks with hashtag #IWANTITALL. One way ticket to Selfieville!

 

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#Mumstheword: Best Style Advice

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#Mumstheword: Best Style Advice
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Mums. Aren’t they just THE BEST? It seems you Shopcaders agree with us as well, as loads of you entered our fab Want & Win competition for the chance to win a satchel for you and your mum.

We also asked you, seeing as it was in the run up to Mother’s Day and all, to let us know the most stylish piece of advice your mum had ever given you, and wow did you respond!

The overall winner of our competition, whitleighdixon gave us this little gem passed on from her mum:

“#mumstheword my mum has always said you can never have too much glitter in your life. Glitter makes you shine even if you’re not feeling so great!’ #love”

Here’s our other favourite quotes you lovely lot sent us using the #mumstheword hashtag…

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