Apr 16, 2015

Linder New York


As many of you know, the WearHouse District is all about showcasing the most creative and unique artists and designers. We feature brands that we feel connected to, or brands that we feel stand out from the crowd. Linder is certainly one of those brands.

Linder is a menswear line founded in 2013, by owners Sam Linder and Kirk Millar. The brand borrows from a host of traditions and reinterprets them to create wearable luxury. With New York City as its backdrop, the brand’s aesthetic represents the intersection of art and contemporary culture. The use of unique materials and eclectic influences results in a brand that is surprising, wearable, and modern. One of the most interesting aspect of Linder's line is the reception from the women clientele. Even though the brand is essentially "menswear," each piece is so unique that it can be wore, styled, and loved by all genders.

This very notable brand recently opened its flagship store in the stylish neighborhood of SoHo, Manhattan. There you can find an extensive collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, but also be immersed in one of the coolest vibes I have ever witnessed in a clothing store. The decor of the flagship is cutting-edge, and exciting just like their namesake line.




To learn more about Linder visit LinderNewYork.com or stop by the flagship store: 128 Thompson Street.

Apr 14, 2015

Meet Sarah of SheChic


With bold style, and an impeccable fashion sense, Sarah of SheChic presents us with an abundance of inspiration. It's easy to see why SheChic is my new favorite blog! Not to mention I'm pretty sure Sarah and I are kindred spirits - from the South, studying PR, wants to work in fashion and live in NYC - basically me two years ago. Pretty soon her and I will be having weekly brunch dates at 44 & X. But, in the mean time I got to pick her brain a bit...

Can you tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I grew up in Williston a small town outside of Gainesville, FL. I am currently a senior at The University of Florida studying public relations and had an internship with Donna Karan this past summer. Upon graduating I plan to move to New York City in pursue of my career in the fashion industry. Some of the things I couldn’t live without are harem pants, pinot noir, gold jewelry, dark chocolate, Scandal and high heels.

When did you decide to start a blog, and why?
I started SheChic in June 2013 and it began as a creative outlet. I see it as a portfolio of my style and abilities, and it’s a platform for getting me where I want to go.

Can you describe your blog in three words or less?
Minimal, chic and eccentric.



Why fashion?
Fashion is our armor; it protects us and gives us confidence. For me fashion has always been a way of expressing myself without having to use words. Growing up in such a small town and a place where “fashion” didn’t really exist I escaped into fashion magazines. Vogue gave me the ability to dream big and it nurtured my style and self-evolution. With fashion so much good can be done, and I hope that in my future I can help influence the world through fashion and style.

How would you describe your style?
I’m in a constant state of evolution, as is my style but I’ll settle for minimal, electric chic, with a twist of tomboy.

Where do you find inspiration? Do you have a favorite designer?
I find inspiration in bloggers like The Glamourai, Margaret Zhang and Garance Dore and also global street styles. Vogue is my bible and a constant source of inspiration. And I don’t have a favorite designer but favorite(s) some are Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, Celine, The Row, Wes Gordon, Tibi and Comme Des Garcons.

What's your favorite spring or summer fashion trend?
Currently its wrap skirts and shirt-dresses.

What's one fashion item you could not live without?
Black pants.



What's one item or trend you wish you'd never have to see ever again?
Normcore.

How do you balance school, and your blog?
Having a photographer you are comfortable with and who's dependable is important. One of my best friends is mine so working together is pure magic. But working between both of our school schedules and busy lives can make shooting on a daily basis hard. So we try to make it work by scheduling certain days to shoot and getting as much done during our time together as possible.

Learn more about Sarah at SheChic.net

Apr 9, 2015

JUNGWON

by Elle Murad

When spring rolls in, so does the unpredictable weather and the need for a really great jacket. The new brand JUNGWON has you covered. New York based designer June Sohn opened up a pop-up in Tribeca featuring her stylish jackets that are built and designed with the unpredictable New York weather in mind. The fabric is waterproof, windproof, wrinkle-free and very breathable.

Having worked with many different brands June Sohn knew how to make the high quality trendy yet functional coat. Now she’s bringing it to all of us in bold colors both light and dark for men and women.

There are three different categories Rain, Jacket and Padding. Each are made with Aqua Max, a waterproof and windproof fabric, and with Micro Grid lining for a light fabric making this a great coat for layering. Each style comes in either bold bright colors or cooler neutrals, and most are offered in long sleeve or short.

They say it’s one jacket you’ll need in New York City but I’m saying it’s the one jacket you’ll need no matter where you spend your spring. You never know what the weather will do and it’s best to have a good quality coat that’s also stylish, function and fashion finally.


Apr 7, 2015

Rubba Dub Dub: Must-Haves for the Tub!

Some of our readers may remember a discussion we ran a couple years ago trying to weigh the pros and cons of a shower vs. a bath. In the end, we concluded that there are great qualities of both. But, even though showering may be a more time efficient and feel like a more cleansing experience, soaking in a bath is really great for your skin and can be very relaxing.

Now, I am returning to this soothing subject to bring you some (affordable) must-have items to make your bath time or shower time extra special. I searched high and low in every department store, drugstore, and specialty shop for the best bath time and skincare products under $40. After testing out each product, I finally have compiled my favorites - in the perfect five step tub time experience.


EXFOLIATE
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, $14.99; CVS Essence of Beauty Sugar Scrub, $9.99; Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, $22.50
Every bath should start with a great body scrub. Exfoliating your skin is so important. It fights against flaky skin and blemishes, and evens out your skin tone. It's so smart to start working an exfoliation step into your bath time. The Essence of Beauty brand at CVS is the perfect affordable body scrub. The scent is great and it leave your skin feeling silky smooth for a fraction of other brands' prices.

I also recommend the Pink Grapefruit sugar scrub from Merle Norman, if you are willing to pay a few more bucks. I live for zesty citrus scents, especially in the spring and summer time! It smells incredible and it feels even better. I honestly believe after using this scrub my skin was not only smoother but brighter and more even-toned.

It's important to also recognize that most body scrubs are to rough for our face. Acure, my favorite organic and green skincare line, has one of the best facial scrubs on the market. It's packed with natural ingredients like lemon peel and sea kelp to release impurities and gently exfoliate your face.

CLEANSE
Kneipp Enjoy Life Body Wash, $15.50; CVS Essence of Beauty Body Wash, $9.99; CVS Nivea Touch of Happiness Body Wash, $6.49

Obviously no bath is the same without a great body wash. If you're looking for a very moisturizing wash, reach for Nivea. The price is amazing for the actual results from this drugstore wonder. One week with this and your skin will already start to feel softer. The Touch of Happiness scent truly makes you feel joyous and bubbly. It's so cheerful and sweet, with a hint of citrus zest.

Essence of Beauty knocks it out of the park with their minty eucalyptus wash. The wash is filled to the brim with super fruit extracts like pomegranate and acai, and it's completely all natural. This wash lathers so well. It definitely leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, and the scent keeps you feeling invigorated throughout the day.

If you haven't noticed my obsession with citrus scents... Kneipp's Enjoy Life Body Wash in Lemon. Thank you bath time gods. Not only is it the absolute perfect scent for spring and summer time, but citrus scents are actually known for improving your mood. Which is perfect for morning showers before work. And, Kneipp is just an all around incredible brand. I highly recommend any of their body washes. They feel fantastic, are super gentle, and work with natural ingredients and aromatherapy to not just enhance your body but you mind as well. Love it!



HAIR CARE
 ULTA Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo, $33.00; Barneys Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo, $19; Hello Hair Hydrating Mask, $15.00

Everyone says that we aren't supposed to wash our hair daily, but this is only true for some people. Often people with a more oily scalp or someone who sweats often throughout the day (athlete, etc.) actually benefit from daily shampooing. Really, it's a personal preference. But, you should always be conscious of which shampoo you are using - whether it be daily or every other day.

It's a little pricey, but Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo bottle is so large, it seems to last for months. Which is a good thing, because you will never want it to run out. I actually kind of stole this bottle from my ex... Ugh, that's another story for another time... But, it's slowly become my favorite shampoo. It smells fresh and minty, and it just cleans and strengthen my hair like no other shampoo. I never feel like it dries out my hair... which a lot of drugstore shampoos do.

Kiehl's Olive Fruit Shampoo is incredible! It's super moisturizing. I would only recommend regular use of it to someone with very dry or severally damaged hair. But, working it into your weekly bath time regimen once or twice will definitely help to keep your hair lush and healthy.

Also, consider working in some time in the tub for a hair mask, instead of just a basic conditioner, to keep your hair healthy, moisturized, thick and shiny. Hello Hair is all the rage right now! The Aussie hair mask is packed with six different oils to keep your hair in its most beauty state.



SOAK
Kneipp Enjoy Life Bath Oil, $20.00; CVS Essence of Beauty Bath Soak, $9.99; Sabon Bath Balls, $5.50

Here's the best part. Now, take some time to just relax. Just soak in the tub and feel the moisture seep into your skin. Whether it be an oil, a salt, or an effervescent ball, make the most out your bath with some products that will really enhance your soak.

Essence of beauty has another incredible product to add to your must-have list, their Foaming Bath Soak. Very affordable and very relaxing. It's quickly become one of my favorite bath time products. It's gently and soothing. Perfect after a long day.

After trying the Kneipp Body Wash, I was pumped to try the same scent in a bath oil. It's such a sunny, happy scent! I loved it. It left my mood upbeat and my skin soft. Unfortunately, I wasn't too into the color it left my bath water... Sitting in warm, yellow liquid. All joking aside though, the coloring would never scare me away from buying it. It's a fantastic product!

Sabon's bath balls are just so fun! I love watching them bubble up in my tub like a witch's (gorgeous, floral, sweetly scented) caldron.

MOISTURIZE
Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter, $22.50; Paula's Choice Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment, $22.95; Sabon Body Butter, $18.00
Lastly, lock in the moisture from the bath by massaging your skin with creamy body butter. After drying off from the tub, you want to reach for a moisturizing cream right away. My current favorite is Merle Norman's Pink Grapefruit Body Butter. I think the first time I applied it my jaw dropped. It went on so creamy and smooth, like... well, like butter. Oh, I think I just got it. Body Butter. And of course the scent is just phenomenal.

Sabon's Body Butter is just as creamy, but it's far too moisturizing for everyday use. It's a great product, but I would only use it on situational basis when you have very dry or flaky skin.

Not necessarily a body butter, Paula's Choice Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Lotion, is a great way to end a luxurious bath. It will help lock in moisture, and also smoothes and firms your skin because it stimulates collagen production.

So there you have it, all you need to for the perfect tub time! Sure you have a busy schedule and jumping in the shower is so much quicker. But, a time to relax in the bath is so important for our minds and bodies.

Love and Fashion,

Dalton

Apr 6, 2015

Tame Impala's First Single Unveiled


Tame Impala's "Let It Happen" track was an incredible surprise given to us about a month ago by the band. I've been listening to it on repeat. It's pretty amazing. And, just a few days ago Tame Impala unveiled their first official single "'Cause I'm A Man" from their third studio album - which will be officially released Tuesday April 7. It's incredible!

Along with the 7 minute 34 second epic "Let It Happen," "'Cause I'm A Man" is also confirmed to appear on Tame Impala's highly anticipated album which the band have now revealed is titled Currents.

You can listen to "'Cause I'm A Man" HERE! It's completely infectious, addictive and perfect. Groovy, psychedelic-rocker vibes of the cover art match the song perfectly. It's understandable why Tame Impala has been so highly anticipated by the Coachella crowd.

Upcoming Tour Dates
4/10 - Coachella - Coachella Valley, CA - SOLD OUT
4/17 - Coachella - Coachella Valley, CA - SOLD OUT
5/8 - Levitation Fest - Austin, TX
5/9 - Civic Theatre, New Orleans, LA - SOLD OUT
5/10 - Shaky Knees Festival - Atlanta, GA
5/11 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN

*Tame Impala is also featured in the Governor's Ball Festival lineup in June.