Boohoo Joins Our August Style Council!

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Meet Kate Holroyd, Boohoo‘s Senior Stylist and our new designer judge on our August Style Council! If you want to know what floats her fashion boat this season, what inspires her work and how you can dress to impress and win her vote to be crowned our August #StyleBattle™ winner, then read on!

What’s on your shopping list this season?

I’m loving all the knitwear that has graced the catwalk this season… From boxy crop knits to the oversized maxi cardigan and roll neck shapes. They’re great pieces to have in your wardrobe, as they’re great for layering with everything!

Relaxed tailoring was also a big trend coming through on the catwalk, so I’ll be buying into tailored jackets and oversized wide leg trousers. Christopher Kane really captured relaxed tailoring perfectly with the three piece dressing!!

What do you think is the thing that makes people really stand out on the Looks app? 

For me, I think it’s originality, confidence and personality that makes people stand out on the looks app!

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

I really loved the winter pastels this season with its soft palette of greys, blues and blushes! Textures and oversized shapes with lots of layering makes it such a great fashion forward trend and it has definitely been reinvented for winter! I love what Gucci did on the runway with its 60s inspired feel to the collection! I loved all the oversized mohair furs in the soft pastel palette!

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RU Ready for the August #StyleBattle™?!

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It’s August. It’s been hot for like forever, which can only mean one thing… our last #StyleBattle™ of the Summer is upon us!

We’re sure you know the routine by now… impress us with your look, we submit you to our expert style council and they then crown two winners.

This time around though we are cranking it up a gear and really piling on the pressure, as our August #StyleBattle™ we’re pretty confident, will be our best one yet!

We have totally pushed the boat out with the prize for starters! Exclusive VIP entry to our super top secret, completely awesome LFW event, plus tonnes of goodies from our pals at Boohoo and a celebrity inspired photo shoot and feature in NUE Magazine to cap it all off!

All you have to do is upload your look on the app, using the hashtag #StyleBattle for a chance to win. As usual, keep it clean, keep it full length and keep it stylish peeps! (For more rules and regulations, check out our full T&Cs here)

Right, without further ado, here’s who you need impress this month on our illustrious Style Council…

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How To Rock Baroque

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The baroque look is going nowhere right now. Around for two seasons and still going strong, as we head into festival territory, trophy jackets, embellishments and statement prints will be massive this summer!

Want to know how to rock baroque in style? Then read on to see how you can achieve this regal look with our guide on the hottest prints and accessories this season…

Pick your Prints

Baroque is all about opulence. Remember, baroque back in the day symbolised a “period of artistic style that began around 1600 in Rome & Italy”, so says our trusty friend, Wikipedia.

Updated for the 21st century, church prints still feature heavily, only now it’s intertwined with flashy chain, floral and animal prints as standard.

Pay Motel Rocks a visit to check out their selection of prints (a specialty of theirs, we’re sure you’ll agree) or Boohoo who really got behind baroque for AW13 & SS14 to produce an amazing collection.

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Boohoo’s StyleFix Editor Talks Top Trends For Summer

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We have nothing but mega love for Boohoo here at Shopcade HQ, so we were pretty chuffed to land a quick Q&A with the lovely Emma, Boohoo’s Stylefix Editor (yes that is her in our lovely circle of fame above!) to talk all about the upcoming trends for the season ahead. Check out her must have festival buys below…

Hey Emma! So spill, what do you think are the top trends for SS14, and which ones are your faves? 

The catwalk saw a heavy sports influence in embellished sweats and athletic looking socks with sandals. Each season we see sport done in a different way and this spring it’s better than ever. Metallics are a huge trend at the moment, because nothing looks as mesmerising as a glittering metallic piece on a hot summer’s day, from skirts and dresses to clutch bags, this is one for all you magpies out there.

Eastern inspired and flowing with tassels, the Dolce and Gabbana show was something to behold too. Come summer everything gets a little more relaxed and bohemian and this collection transports you to faraway shores. A key piece is the tasselled bag, invest now and team with sheer layers to get the look. Pastels are an obvious spring trend, but I personally can’t get enough. Christopher Kane sent pastel drenched models in midi skirts and sweatshirts down his runway and it was one of my favourite SS14 shows.

Which celeb is nailing it right now style wise? 

One celeb that never fails to inspire me is Solange Knowles,  she always gets it right. We could all steal a little of her style! The bright colours, the bold lipsticks, the clashing prints; she’s not afraid to mix it up and stand out. And with summer just around the corner, she’s the perfect celeb to look to.

If we were going to pick one essential to have in our wardrobe, what should it be?

For me, it’s all about a simple black midi dress. I have a couple, from cami and high neck styles to midi t-shirt dresses. Such a simple piece can be styled so many different ways by mixing it with different jackets, accessories and shoes. Buy one and you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

Festival season has just kicked off- what are some tips to be best dressed at the fest?

Festivals are all about having fun, and it all starts with fashion! So don’t be afraid to stand out, they’re the perfect place to experiment with bright colours, loud accessories and quirky sunglasses. If you’re feeling bold test out henna tattoos and body embellishments like Kendall Jenner did at this year’s Coachella festival – we totally loved her look!

And never leave without packing layers, wellies and something waterproof, it is NOT about getting caught out by the weather!

Want & Win Satchels For Mother’s Day

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She’s the lady who’s put up with your tantrums, your numerous crazy messes, your never ending heartbreaks and you stealing her entire wardrobe (not to mention, make up drawer!). So we think it’s about time to say a HUGE thank you to Mum (a.k.a. Superwoman) this Mother’s Day.

We thought it’s only fair to get Mum on the fashion bandwagon too (And why shouldn’t she?!) That’s why we’re giving away not one, but TWO satchels for you and your Mum to rock out and about in style. Like mother like daughter after all, eh? <3 *work it girlfriends*

Competition rules:

To enter all you have to do is ‘Want’ two products in this list (one for you and one for mum) Simples.

Comp ends midnight Wednesday 26th March 2014.

Winner will be announced via email so be sure to check your inbox (and spam just in case we landed in there by mistake!)

And for you guys, don’t fret! You can also ‘want & win’ a satchel for mummy dearest and, for yourself, a gift card! 😉

Sneaky tip: Tell us the best fashion advice Mummy Dearest has given you with the hashtag #mumstheword for a chance to gain an extra entry! Post your comments on the products you ‘want’ or on the list itself 😉

Good luck all and happy Mother’s Day!

P.S. Check out our Fashionable Mother’s Day list for some extra gift inspo, she deserves it after all!






The London Girl’s Style Survival Kit

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OK, so checking out BuzzFeed the other day we came across this HILAR (seriously amusing) post on the catastrophes that face a London lady every morning on her commute.

It made the girls in the office LOL, so much so we decided to create an emergency kit to help you combat the morning woe of the rush hour hell and stay ridiculously good looking at the same time!

Drum roll please….presenting the Shopcade Style Survival Kit! Check out the corresponding traumas from the original article below and get the lowdown on how we think you can brighten up your day! You’re most welcome…

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1. “Many catastrophes strike on the underground, when you have to rugby tackle your way onto the train” Our solution? Elbow pads of course!

2. There’s that excruciating moment someone punches you in the boob” We can’t guarantee that that guy with bad BO won’t elbow you in the boob, but at least you’ll be well supported with our dress and lingerie (tit tape)to keep you in place.

3. “London girls do their make-up en route. No seat means you’re just going to HAVE to do it standing up”  Tricky this one, we don’t want you to poke yourself in the eye, but we heart a curled lash. Solution? heated curlers! They’ll at least stay clamped to your eyelashes, so less chance of pokeage. We take that as a positive :-)

4.”There’s always some weirdo staring at you when you apply your lipstick” We love a good lippy. Not the smearage that comes with applying it on public transport though, so stick to lip balm to avoid any embarrassing smears.

12. No time to fret. You were supposed to meet your friend on the platform. AAAH!”  Binoculars can be a cool solution and the plus side is you’ll never lose your friend on the platform again. (Yes we know this isn’t exactly a pair of binoculars, but we thought this was waaaayyyy more stylish!)

23. “Great plan until you go for work drinks. Everyone else is rocking a sequin clutch and you look like you’re going on a school trip”  Oversized clutches are uber fashionable right now, so stay style savvy with a big beaut that will easily fit your heels in for day and look ultra glam for night. Et Voila!

25. When you forget your dry shampoo it’s kind of a huge fiasco” Dry shampoo is a saviour most days, or you know any day really. Make sure you ALWAYS carry this in your bag.

26. “Even worse when you forget your deodorant” Ditto for deodorant. Do we really need to say why?!

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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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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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!