Shopcade Style: China Doll

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One of the summer’s most refreshing trends on Shopcade, and all over the fashion world, is inspired by ancient hand painted porcelain from the Far East.

High fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli have worked the blue and white porcelain prints into their Spring 2013 collections but many other, more affordable, brands have taken a stab at the China print trend as well.

 

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Inspiration for the trend dates back to the 9th century when cobalt blue decorations began adorning white porcelain pottery. The Chinese embraced this aesthetic and adorned bowls, plates, sculptures, and vases with hand-painted dragons and flowers for hundreds of years. Since the 16th century many other cultures (namely European) have adopted the look utilizing designs that better represent their own culture.

The pieces in the image above are modern representations of the ancient practice with bowls from Hic, lamp from China Furniture Online, and jar and vase from C. Wonder.

 

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China print style. Looks L-R: dress by Pencey, top by Free People and dress by Gap.

 

The China print style can be seen across brands in pants, dresses, tops, shoes, swimwear and accessories. Prints can be floral or geometric, construction loose and airy and sturdy with clean lines. Lucky for you Shopcade has made seeking these pieces out a lot easier!

One of our favorite pieces is a fun and flirty swing dress by ASOS that would work with any budget, on any body. Other great pieces include a fun Oscar De La Renta lotus swimsuit, retro dress from ModCloth, and Alice + Olivia cuffed shorts.

You don’t have to find a piece with the perfect pattern to wear this trend. Pair a crisp white top with a pair of sleek cobalt ankle pants — the color combination is the key.

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This skater skirt by ASOS is a summer must have!

 

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If your budget is a little higher try this “Dahlia” tiered gown by Alice + Olivia.

 

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These skinnies from Forever 21 are great to pair with light neutrals!

 

 

Getting Graphic: How to style your Design By Humans tee

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A great graphic tee can be a versatile piece of your wardrobe in any season. 

One of Shopcade’s favorite brands of wearable art is Design By Humans: a community of designers, artists, and t-shirt lovers that creates and curates a collection of colorful and innovative designs.

Though pairing your tee with jeans and flats is always a great look, there are many other ways to wear your favorite Design By Humans tee to achieve a number of styles.

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The Design by Humans “Two Worlds” tee looks great with this classic denim jacket from the Gap, raspberry skinnies from Old Navy, tan gladiator sandals from Shoedazzle, and a great coral messenger bag from Cambridge Satchel Company

This season is all about denim and color. A great way to incorporate both trends is to wear them with a graphic tee. 

Pair your tee with a simple cropped denim jacket and a colorful pair of skinny pants. Make sure you choose pieces of two different colors –  no one wants to wear a denim suit.

Add to the outfit by wearing a pair of great strappy or embellished sandals and a colorful bag. This look is a little more casual-chic than just jeans and a tee. Wear this for a weekend of shopping and lunching.

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This “Birds of a Feather” tee looks great with a feminine yet edgy look with a red flare skirt by Robert Rodriguez, black spike peter pan necklace from Dorothy Perkins, and ankle strap flats from Dolce Vita.

You may be surprised to learn that you can also make your graphic tee look pretty feminine! Try wearing your tee with an a-line or flared skirt in a solid color. The most important thing to remember is to tuck the shirt in! Always! Creating that waistline is what makes the look so feminine.

Accent that look with a great short statement necklace like a fun and sparkly peter pan collar necklace. Finish off the look with some flats, ones with an ankle strap are super chic, or some heels!

This look is fun and feminine. Wear some bright colors for a light look or darker ones, like the outfit pictured above, for an edgy look. Leather skirts also look great paired with graphic tees.

For a more bohemian look try a chambray skirt with strappy sandals and a bohemian woven necklace.

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This “Bright Like a King” tee looks summer cool with rugged zipper denim shorts from Rag & Bone and high top neon classic Converse shoes.

With summer rolling in you are going to want to dress light, and bright. Rock a bright look by wearing your graphic tee with some distressed denim shorts and colorful accessories!

The “Bright Like a Lion” tee looks great with some denim shorts, tucked in the front, and some cool sneakers like classic neon Chuck Taylors.

Try this look on a beach day with some fun sandals or flip flops and some cool colored wayfarer shades.

The ideas are endless! Try your graphic tee under a blazer, with some funky pants, tucked into a long maxi skirt with a chunky belt and as a layering piece with a collared shirt. 

This weekend is a great time to add to your collection with 30% off t-shirts at Design By Humans with the coupon code: DBHfreedom.

Check out Design By Humans entire collection on Shopcade and discover ways to work every piece into your wardrobe!

Bold, Bright, and Bronze: Summer beauty with Shopcade

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With the incoming warm weather your beauty routine is about to change just as much as your wardrobe. For spring and summer 2013 beauty is all about color and clarity with bright matte lip colors and dewey bronzers all over fashion editorials and runways.

For all the latest products and looks check out Shopcade favorite Beauty.com where you can also save 20 percent on your purchase during their friends and family event ending Friday, May 17.

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If you are going to carry one thing in your purse this season make sure it’s a tube of bright, matte lipstick!

Let the bold color have all the attention this season by minimizing shine. Bright lips look good on everyone as long as you find a color that best compliments your skin tone. The most universally complimentary color is a bright pink but don’t be afraid to go for a great coral, light red, purple, or my favorite – a mandarin orange!

Nars and Smashbox have some great matte shades but if you are looking for a less expensive option check out Maybelline’s ‘Vivids‘ collection that will only set you back a few dollars.

To make the most of the bright lip keep the rest of your face natural and neutral with minimal color.

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In the season of sunshine and bikinis we all want to get that sun-kissed glow. There are a number of products available to get that bronzed look without doing permanent damage to your skin in the process.

For your face bronzer is a key part of summer. After you have applied sunscreen (preferably a moisturizer with SPF) and your base sweep on a bronze powder along your cheekbones, forehead, and lightly on the nose and chin. Use the bronzer wherever the sun would naturally touch your face. Try a variety with some pink hues mixed in to give you that natural, flushed look.

For the rest of your body focus on a gradual self-tan product like a great gradual moisturizer by St. Tropez or the even application of Tan Towels. While you can use a spray to expedite the process the easiest way to avoid streaking is to build up the tanned look.

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A bright manicure goes with all your summer looks! (Image via bellasugar.com)

Retire your spring pastels and dare to be bold! This summer eye-catching manicures in bright colors go with everything.

The big color for summer is all shades of pink so a great go-to shade would be a bright watermelon or coral. But don’t be afraid to think outside the box with a trendy tangerine hue.

Brands with some great bold colors include Essie and Deborah Lippman but if you have a favorite brand chances are they have some bright shades of their own!

So get going! The weather is only getting warmer! Start your summer beauty list now on Shopcade with products from Beauty.com and save!

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