Lists We Love: Faux Fur

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In the second of our curator specials, Yuen Lim gives us the lowdown on faux fur this season. With celebs like Fearne Cotton channeling this trend, we reckon it’s here to stay.

Over to you, Yuen…

 

Put aside that coat or jacket – faux fur is a trend that is taking the winter season by storm. What I love about this trend is that it makes a statement on its own and keeps you warm – what more can you want?!

Either go subtle with hints of faux fur on your outer wear, or go all out with whole faux fur gilets or vests. The best part about this trend is that you can simply throw it on for a luxurious, couture look without trying very hard at all. That’s your lazy day sorted! Oh and, no animals were harmed in the process 😉

Whilst creating my Faux Fur list on Shopcade, I was thinking about ways to incorporate something unique into my wardrobe or closet that is still season appropriate. Of course, the perfect addition was something that is out of the ordinary, puts you as the center of attention and most importantly, prevents you from getting frostbite.

With the faux fur trend, it may not seem like it, but it is in actual fact, super versatile. You can style it two ways – either keep it simple and minimal for a casual outing, or as a cover up over a glittery, glamorous party dress.

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Lists We Love: Electric Embellishment

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nataliecornerTrendsetter and Shopcade Curator, @NatalieCorner gives us an insight into her Electric Embellishment list and how she plans to work the look this season.

Over to you, Nat…

What I love about this trend is there are no rules. When it comes to embellishment; you can go big and glitzy or small and delicate.

Gone are the days when you reserved your best sequin top to go with your best skirt for your big night out. Nope, these days a sprinkle of those sequin charms goes fantastically with a soft knit to bring the tone down for work, or that perfect blazer to smarten you up but to keep you from bedazzling clients too much.

Add a smattering of beads for your day-to-day wardrobe, and that extra sparkle on your clothes will make you feel a million dollars inside. Ramp up the jewels on your big night and glisten like a Hollywood star on the red carpet, it’s all about how the glitz and glamour makes you feel.

When it came to making my Electric Embellishment list for Shopcade, I was inspired not just by the Christmas party season fast approaching but also the different ways in which I could inject a little glitter in to my normal wardrobe.

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I’m not necessarily someone who likes to pile on the sequins head to toe but by pairing one embellished piece like this Cross Front Embellished Bralet from Topshop, with a different texture like these Velvet Suit Trousers from Mango and topping it off with these amazing Gold Leather High Heels from Office, would make me feel electric at a party!

Or for something a little more understated? These ASOS Slippers with a bejewelled heel would work perfectly with this cute Grey Jewel Flower Crop top from New Look a touch of structure with a Contrast Lapel Blazer from ASOS and a pair of jeans from my Denim Delight list.

The best thing about creating Shopcade lists, is that once you have all your lists you can mix and match trends to create a brand new one, or just become more individual and unique when you’re putting a look together.

And of course you have a record of everything you’ve ever wanted and you can keep coming back and adding more, there’s no limit – well maybe only my bank balance… 😉

 





 

How to Wear: Jumpsuits

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The jury is no longer out… Jumpsuits are the outfit du jour this season! The humble dress has been replaced in the fashionista’s hearts and wardrobes by the versatile jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits (the most acceptable form of onesie in public, natch) can be worn so many different ways, styled up or down for any occasion which is why we are seriously lurvin’ it right now.

Still not sure it can match up to the faithful party dress? Well, let us educate you! We’ve taken three different jumpsuits and shown you how to style each of them to hit the right style notes this season.

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Wanna Cyber? Take Up to 40% OFF with 33 H-O-T Holiday Shopping Deals

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Make holiday shopping a snap this year. Take advantage of these 33 H-O-T cyber monday 2013 deals for everyone on your list.

Your fave brands are offering up to 40% off which means you can use your savings for a personal treat. That, Marc by Marc clutch you’ve been looking at is ON SALE but you have to hurry.

Ready, set, SHOP!!

1. ASOS – 30% off everything with code GIMMEMORE through December 4 (5am EST). Restrictions: Valid on US orders only. Single use only. Max spend of $889. Exclusions apply.

2. Topshop – 30% off selected lines.

3. Gap – 40% off your entire purchase with promo code: CYBER.

4. Cambridge Satchel Company – 25% off select styles through December 2.

5. BlankNYC – 25% off with promo code CYBERCRAZE.

6. Genetic – 35% off everything when you spend $200 or more (Code: CYBER35) and 50% off everything when you spend $500 or more (CODE: CYBER50).

7. Gorjana – 40% off + free shipping through 12/6.

8. Icing – 30% off everything with promo code CYBER2013. Excludes clearance and gift cards.

9. BaubleBar – Play “Cyber Savings Smash” to score one of four deals: 20% off site wide, 30% off site wide, $25 off (orders of $50 or more), or a $100 gift card through December 3.

10. Piperlime – 30% off sale with promo code: CYBER through December 2. Restrictions: Offer valid online only in the US and Puerto Rico. Additional restrictions and exclusions apply.

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Top Deals for Black Friday on Shopcade!

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Fancy an early Christmas present from Shopcade… How about up to 30% off your favourite brands? Yep thought you would like that! We have handpicked the best deals available to help you celebrate (and shop of course ;-)) Black Friday in style. You’re more than welcome…

Here’s the pick of the best deals available on Shopcade right now. Let’s Shop…

Fashion & Beauty

Deals from Missguided, ASOS, BOOHOO and Dorothy Perkins all in one place? Yes please! We’re seriously crushing on Missguided’s new Peace + Love range right now, whilst Dorothy Perkins is a cut above when it comes to cute dresses. Head to ASOS for amazing jumpsuits or statement coats and check out Boohoo for cut-out pieces to die for.

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Beauty more your thing? Then check out House of Fraser’s 10% off deal on selected beauty items, which ends midnight tonight so get shopping quick from our hot list ASAP!

Check out more deals available from: Pull & BearFashion Union, Motel Rocks, Figleaves, inlovewithfashion & Urban Outfitters.

Home & Gadgets

If clothes really aren’t your thing and you are all about kitting your home out with some tech this festive season, then these are the deals for you. There are gadgets galore from iwantoneofthose.com and Prezzybox, whilst NOTHS.com have got you covered for some quirky homeware.

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The Goss: Isabel Marant for H&M… The Countdown Begins!

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Isabel Marant for H&M: We have literally waited all our fashion lives for this moment. Isabel Marant for H&M launches in the UK this week, yes you heard us, THIS WEEK! In possibly the most highly anticipated high street/designer collaboration ever, the fashion pack have been counting down the days since it was announced earlier this year. Shopcade will be decamping from our HQ home in Notting Hill and queuing at dawn to cover the fashion event of the year, so stay tuned for our live updates straight from the heart of the action!

Adele turns down L’Oreal deal: So apparently the lovely Adele was offered a deal with L’Oreal which would have seen her replace the equally lovely Cheryl Cole but- and here’s the kicker- she turned it down! The move has left the beauty giant reportedly ‘gobsmacked’ at her turning down such a huge amount (we’re talking £12m here!) according to People magazine, who quoted the source. We’re pretty gutted it didn’t work out, Adele is a stunner!

Tamera Foster looks hot in sequinned jumpsuit: Told you Tamera was the one to watch in the fashion stakes! Gal looked gorgeous in a sequinned French Connection jumpsuit for Saturday’s live show. Available from ASOS for £180 it’s an investment piece make no mistake, but come on, when you can’t treat yourself at crimbo, when can you , eh?!

And finally…

All Worship… ‘The Bear and the Hare’: They’ve only gone and done it again those clever folks at John Lewis. Having run out of cute kids and snowmen, they’ve turned to animation for this year’s Christmas offering and come up with the soon-to-be-classic bear and hare tale. You know, the one where they bear and hare are best buds in the forest and because the bear hibernates each year he misses Christmas (we know, heart breaking right?!). So clever hare buys him an alarm clock (John Lewis of course) so he can wake up and enjoy the festive season. (Hurray!) All this action set to the backing vocals of Lily Allen and her comeback cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know. You may sense sarcasm, but we totes weeped… honest.

Lists We Love: It’s All In The Eyes

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Lists we Love: It’s All In The Eyes

Well fellow Shopcaders we have made it and reached the Holy Grail that is Friday, which means it’s time to put another curator under the shiny Shopcade Spotlight!

This week we’re championing Elyse Silver’s amazing list… It’s All In The Eyes

Eye prints are having something of a mini fashion moment right now and we think Elyse’s list is chock-a-block with must haves right now.

If the thought of wearing a giant eye seems a bit daunting (not to mention a wee bit creepy) then not to worry, Elyse’s list has you covered for all eventualities.

Smock dresses from ASOS with tiny eye prints, evil eye socks from Topshop, retro print shirts from Motel Rocks and bodycon from Boohoo… what more could you want?

Check out the full list below and learn more about the girl who has an eye (sorry couldn’t resist) for a good trend right here…

 

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Signature Style: Classic, Ladylike, Bohemia

Lovin’ this list ’cause: Where have you been guys, eye prints are mahoosive… why wouldn’t you love this list? If dresses, shirts and skirts are a step too far, work the trend with some cute eye print accessories! We’ve got our eye on the scary socks, Lulu Guinness clutch bag and Nasty Gal earrings. Gorge!

 

Christmas. Sorted. Shopcade has you covered!

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Christmas is all about giving…Whatever! Receiving is waaaaayyy more fun. If you’re selfish (fess up…) generous (liar!) or somewhere in between (there we go) then Shopcade has you covered.

So to help you avoid jingle hell this Christmas, every few days from 1st Nov, Shopcade will feature two lists from our fave festive fashionistas.

These lists will help you stay stylish this Christmas and solve those troublesome issues like where to find that one of a kind novelty onesie, or WTF to get your BFF.

If you like what you see then follow your favourite lists for a chance to win a £50 gift card to indulge your selfish side this Christmas… cos you’re worth it (obvs!).

We’re talking the likes of ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Missguided here (we know seriously stylish, huh?!) so if you want to get your hands on these goodies, keep your peepers peeled for the new theme reveals every few days until Christmas.

Like what you’ve heard so far? (and why wouldn’t you?!) then check our T&C’s here (dull, we know- soz!) and get the inside scoop on our upcoming festive themes below *

Tantalising Teasers…

#1 Don’t be scratching your head all day trying to work this one out, we’re giving you knits, but a good kind. Answer? It’s Quirky Christmas Jumpers: Novelty Knits vs Sensible Sweats of course! Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#2 A Christmas present ready to be unwrapped *wink wink* As if you didn’t guess this one! It’s our Christmas lingerie lists… Under Cover: Naughty vs. Nice Which one are you?! Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#3 Twinkle Twinkle Christmas jewels, oh my how these will make you drool! Did you get it? It’s our Christmas jewellery lists of course! Jingle Bell Bling: Cocktail Queen vs. Pretty Pastels Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#4 Enough about you. How about him? Come on girls, it’s time to treat your man with this next set of lists… Boys Festive Fashion: King of Cool vs. Geek Chic Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#5 Did you really think we’d forget to a-dress the MOST important part of the season? Want to impress, then check these lists! Yep you guessed it, this is the biggie… Dress to Impress This Christmas Under £50: Get Glam vs.Sexy Chick Which one will you be this party season? Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#6 Get your grotto ready for Santa. He sees everything, don’t ya know? If you’re house proud, you are going to LOVE this next theme! Ho Ho Home under £40: Oh So Simple vs. Bright & Bold Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#7 Sssh! Time to play Santa for a day Woohoo, this one is going to be A LOT of fun. Have a hoot looking at our Sssh! Secret Santa gifts for under £15: Play it Safe vs. Silly & Stupid Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#8 No need to trek to the North Pole to get your tech. We’ve got you covered. Did ya get it? we’re talking gadget gifts of course! More specifically, Tinsel Town Gadgets: Computer Nerd vs. Kitchen Whizz Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#9 We’re not making this one up, you’re going to love these looks. We love this one! It is of course… Beauty Xmas Crackers Under £40: Minimal Mineral vs. Glitter Bug Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#10 Girls, sleep with one eye open… Santa is coming tonight! Woo hoo! It’s a North Pole PJ Party: All for Onesie vs. Luxury Loungewear Which one will you be following? Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the next theme tomorrow morning!

#11 Keep those mistle-toes dancing… No we’re not talking Strictly here, we’re talking Mistle-Toes Under £30: Boot Camp vs. Dancing Queen. Which one are you most likely to follow? Voting for this theme is now closed. Watch this space for the winners of our Christmas Wish List competition coming very soon!

 

Stay tuned for the big reveals coming to Shopcade soon!

* This competition is open to UK users only. Click here for the US campaign.

Get Knitted with National Wool Week!

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The chill factor has shot up an alarming amount this week, so really there is no better time to celebrate Wool Week… an excuse if ever there was one to get all snug with your winter woollies.

We’re embracing the national event, which kicked off earlier this week as it celebrates all things woolly in a good cause.

Cosy knitwear, cute beanies, gloves and scarves, and that’s before you factor in some seriously desirable things for the home (woolly blankets on a chilly eve? Yes pls!) What’s not to love?!

The high street have totally got in on the act and embraced this fab campaign as well with retailers holding live knitting sessions (seriously, it’s cool. Daisy Lowe launched it. Nuff said) and producing some AMAZING woollen wonders.

We’re all about statement sweaters at the moment. From Bats, cats and all things spooky for Halloween to some Christmas novelty cuties making their way onto the rails. There has never been a better time to shop that one of a kind statement, so get in there quick before they all sell out.

If jumpers aren’t doing it for you, think cute tartan woollen kilts in a variety of colours or snap up a snood (or scarf, you know your choice) to fight off the winter chill.

Personally we’re all about finding the perfect winter coat this season, as there has never been so much variety. Topshop have the pop colour woollen wonders, Zara have mastered military, ASOS have the dreamy pink number that everyone is after and New Look is the queen of the duffle coat.

Whatever your preference, we’ve got you covered.  Check out our fab curator, Laura Seed’s Nice Knits list to celebrate Wool Week and keep cosy in style.






Our Fashion Week Diary: Street Spotted

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With Fashion Week well under way, we’ve been asking you (our street style fashionistas) about your favourite trends and inspiration for next season.

Click on the pictures to take a look at the answers.

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Molly

Q: Define your style in one word (or two…)

A: Boho chic

Q: Who’s your style icon?

A: Kate Bosworth

Q: What’s your fail-safe piece of clothing?

A: Vintage boots and a simple tee

Q: What colour will you be seen in this season?

A: Black






Matthieu

Q: Define your style in one word (or two…)

A: Vintage

Q: Who’s your style icon?

A: Roger Moore

Q: What’s your fail-safe piece of clothing/accessory?

A: Brown vintage bag

Q: What colour will you be seen in this season?

A: Pea green







Sally

Q: Define your style in one word (or two…)

A: Preppy boho

Q: What’s your fail-safe piece of clothing?

A: Navy trousers

Q: What colour will you be seen in this season?

A: Navy blue







Samuel

Q: Define your style in one word (or two…)

A: Sartorial

Q: Who’s your style icon?

A: Dan Rookwood

Q: What’s your fail-safe piece of clothing?

A: Denim jacket

Q: What colour will you be seen in this season?

A: Winter pastels