July 31, 2005
This month the Shirt Snob has found a ton of great shirts out there on the web. We covered the ever-fun Junkfood t-shirts, the stunning Charmeuse Halter Top with Rhinestone by Ingwa; Melero, the colorful Lotta Stensson Tie Back Spaghetti Top, Trunk Ltd. t-shirts, the attention-grabbing Beaded Blouson Top by Corey Lynn Calter, and the Floral Silk Top by Lauren Moffatt.
For our weekly Accessory Fridays, we discovered Holly Aiken bags, Kristin Kahle belts, as well as the beautiful Rachel Leigh rings.
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July 31, 2005
Here is another one of those sweet and innocent looking shirts that the Shirt Snob just can't get enough of. The Voile Shirt by Marc Jacobs is very romantic looking. One feels that men will simply swoon over you when wearing this top. Made of 100% cotton, this sleeveless shirt has ruching at the shoulders, a V-neck, bow detailing at the front around the neck, and slits in the sides. We really love this shirt, probably because of its sophisticated elegance and its simplicity. You cannot go wrong wearing this almost anywhere.
July 30, 2005
We wrote about Threadless last week, an awesome place to get limited edition t-shirts. We thought that everyone might be interested in some interviews from the designers of many of the shirts that Threadless sells. They are Ross Zietz, who designed the Piece of Meat t-shirt, S. Bradley Askew, designer of My Mom Likes Maiden, Jason Byron Nelson, of Flowers in the Attic fame, Ilia Ovechkin, who designed Vampire Orthodontics, and the Shirt Snob's favorite Glenn Jones, designer of Dark Side of the Garden and What Would MacGyver Do?
July 29, 2005
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July 29, 2005
In this week's Accessory Friday, we are looking at one of the best accessories to a shirt, the jacket! A jacket can be a great compliment to a top, not just a means to warm up or to cover up what you are wearing. Here are two of our recent favorite finds, both made by Diane von Furstenberg. The Zebra Jacket in Allspice is wonderful because it is so practical yet so beautiful. It has 5 buttons in the front, a belt that ties in front, and flap patch pockets at the bust and waist. It is form fitting enough to allow you to keep your shape (we hate bulky coats unless it's 10 degrees out), and the rusty red color, 3/4 length sleeves, and the plaid make this jacket a natural choice for the fall.
Our other much adored jacket find is the Jemma Jacket, also in Allspice, although this allspice is a very different color from the other. There is a single button in front, a sewn in belt in the back, ruching at the shoulders, piping along the seams, and a collar. The inside is also lined with 100% silk. The red color is outstanding and what makes us crave this coat, and with the softness of the velour, there isn't a more romantic jacket out there.
Even though summer won't be lasting very much longer in many parts of the country, there is another halter top that we need to post about. The LaROK Halter Top in Platinum Blonde is a new favorite of the Shirt Snob. The color is nice and the cut of the halter we like, but what makes this shirt stand out is the tie. The straps are full of brown, wooden beads which compliment the platinum blonde color of the top well. There is also a nice frayed look to the tie which adds a little spunk to the top. The tie hangs down to about the middle of the back.
July 28, 2005
Here is a funky pattern that the Shirt Snob just loves. The Raj Blouse by Trina Turk is a great way to add some spice to your work clothes this fall. We love the colors too, with the cooler temperatures coming we're ready for the reds and oranges, blacks and browns. This shirt is semi sheer silk with 1 1/2" padded banding around the collar and the front. There is also ruching at the bust, a ruffle cuff, and a surged bottom hem. If you like this blouse, also check out the Hannah Tank, also by Trina Turk. This tank top has a similar pattern as the Raj Blouse but with a camel colored background. 2" banding is at the top and bottom hems, the lower of which comes to a tie.
Although peach isn't a color that The Shirt Snob wears, we have to show you this beautiful blouse. Made by Paul & Joe, this Chiffon Pintuck Blouse is simply stunning and very romantic looking. It conjures up images of walking through a field full of flowers while wearing a long flowing skirt. Made from a lightweight semi-sheer silk, this top has 11 buttons going up the front, a tie at the waist, and pleated detailing on the front and back. This shirt is so lovely, it will not last long.
July 27, 2005
There is a 20% off sale going on a Girl Shop right now. This sale includes items that are already on sale. It only lasts until August 1st though, so get over there fast.
Some of the Shirt Snob's favorites include the Lace Cap Sleeve Top by C. Ronson, the Ingwa; Melero Striped Crochet Mini Dress, the Rhinestone Cami by Gold Hawk, and the Sequin Cami by Hale Bob.
The Shirt Snob is a sucker for pretty floral prints. The really feminine, sweet ones that make a woman look so innocent and nice, for that's how we wish we looked. Here is a great blouse that fits in that category perfectly. The Floral Silk Top by Lauren Moffatt is 100% sheer silk. This top has a V-neck with a pleated ruffle and black piping detail on the neck and shoulders. There is also a side tie. The elegance of the floral print is what makes us love this blouse though, few shirts have a pattern that compares. Just like in the picture, we think this is a great shirt for jeans, but you can dress it up quite easily as well.
July 26, 2005
The Shirt Snob has decided to make this Ya-Ya day because we found another top (also in gold!) that we are longing for from this designer. The Ipomoea Halter in Gold, although hard to pronounce, is an amazing shirt. There is a gold print that goes throughout the shirt as well as a gold band that goes beneath the bust line. The halter ties at the back of the neck in long, thick strands that hang down the back. There is also bead detailing on the bust and neck area. There is also a back zipper and ruching at the bust.
The Shirt Snob is all about the goddess look this summer. We cannot get enough of these great shirts that make us dream of a vacation to Greece. Here is another shirt that gets its inspiration from the 2000 year old retro look, the Pleated Cami by Ya-Ya. The empire waist and metalic gold banding are what we love about this tank top, and the pleating is not something we've seen much this summer, so you'd be sure to stand out in this camisole. This top is 100% silk, has a built in shelf bra, and has elastic at the waistband so it can fit many body types. Also comes in khaki. and melon.
July 25, 2005
The Shirt Snob has become a big fan of knitted items, especially in the last few months since we started knitting lessons. Therefore, this next shirt is right up our alley. The Knitted Tunic in Arctic by Catherine Malandrino is stunning work. Many knit tops can look clunky, boring, and very unflattering on most body types. This isn't the case with this top, for it is sheer, has thick spaghetti straps, and shows off just the right amount of skin. There is double layering at the bust area, and there is a different detailing at the bottom to give it some extra personality. Also, this shirt is made out of baby alpaca, which is one of the softest materials out there. If you like this top, you may also like the Crochet Tunic Tank in white, also by Catherine Malandrino. This top also is sheer with double layering in the bust with spaghetti straps but with a different design knit pattern.
This weekend was a little cooler in Boston, and the Shirt Snob started to get excited for Fall. All we wanted to do was put our summer clothes away and put some more oranges, maroons, and browns into our wardrobes. Here is a top if you are feeling the same way we do. Made by Diane von Furstenberg, the Arwena Top in chocolate is the perfect blouse for fall in the perfect color. There is pleating around the shoulders as well as a 1 1/2" band going along the neckline. This shirt is also a wrap, in the typical von Furstenberg fashion, tying in the back to make the blouse fit your figure. If you like this shirt but not the color, it also comes in charmeuse.
July 24, 2005
If you are going to an event where you need something that covers you up a little more than the usual tanks and camis we post about, definitely consider this shirt. The Tie Back Top by Seed is unique, intricate, and beautifully designed, yet doesn't show off quite so much skin. This shirt is made of feather-light sheer silk with extra lining in the bust so you will still stay cool in the summer heat. The gold detailing around the trim of the V-neck is stunning, making this shirt stand out amongst the others wherever you go. There is also a tie in the back so you can adjust the waist so it fits you perfectly.
July 23, 2005
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Here is a t-shirt controversy from Urban Outfitters.
The Anti-Defamation League has asked retailer Urban Outfitters to stop selling a T-shirt that reads: "New Mexico, Cleaner than Regular Mexico."
"This is saying that the country of Mexico is a dirty place," said Barry Morrison, regional director of the civil rights group. "Dirty can be interpreted figuratively and literally."
The Shirt Snob finds this interesting because Busted Tees has had this tee for a while now on their site, and no one complained then.
The Shirt Snob knows we just posted on a Rebecca Taylor shirt yesterday, but we can't help but do so again because she has so many great shirts to choose from right now! The Dress Cardi with Tie in Blush is another favorite of ours. We just love how girly this pattern is, it makes us want to dress up like when we were five years old. The ribbon that runs through the waist area allows you to shape it as it fits your body. And you can tie it in the center as well as button it. Wear this shirt over your summer tanks and camisoles when the summer starts to cool down!
July 22, 2005
For her first JLo boutique in the US (she already has one in Russia) Jennifer Lopez chose a Marshal Fields store in Chicago. Here's a quote from the article:
Electric-pink cargo pocket knit pants, a faux crocodile leather clutch purse and a wild rose camisole with a removable garter belt are among items likely to be featured at the singer-actress' store within a store.
In the near future, they hope to open stores in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. What, no Boston? The Shirt Snob is very disappointed.
Since we are writing about JLo, here is our favorite shirt of hers at the moment. The Laci Cami had a great design of sheer lace trim with metalic floral embroidery along the neckline, hem, and center. As it says on her site, this would look spectacular under a blazer. Besides burgundy, this camisole also comes in grass green, black, and pale pink.
The Shirt Snob had a very hard time deciding what to showcase for this week's Accessory Friday, but we think we came up with a great pick. Although it's bags once again, these Noelle purses, designed by Nina West (daughter of Adam West), are very different to the ones we posted about last week. These Vintage Inspired Clutches are the perfect addition to a great outfit. Made out of leather, the brooch in the center is made of Swarovsky crystals and is removable if you want the clutch to be less dressy. They snap to open in the back, are lined, and have an inside zipper. Each purse is 10 inches long and 5 inches high. Besides this pink one, there are also black and white versions with different brooches as well as pink, yellow, black, mint green and red all with a similar brooch. Similar, and more expensive, versions are also available in silver and gold.
The Shirt Snob has been a big fan of Rebecca Taylor for a long time now, and we have had a hard time choosing which shirts to post about. Here is one that we're sure you can't say no to. This Cami in Evergreen is beautiful! The layers make it so womanly, and we love the flower in the center as well as the leaf detail coming out of it. The color is what does it for us though, it's so unusual, subtle enough for the flower to stand out, yet surprisingly alluring none the less. Straps are adjustable. Also comes in caviar.
July 21, 2005
There is an article in the NY Times today about limited edition t-shirts. Here's a quote:
Lately limited edition T-shirts, most likely made in someone's cellar in Brooklyn, have suddenly become the hipster's preferred mode of expression. Whether produced by college pals with studio art degrees or sold by highly organized Web companies like threadless.com - visitors to the site offer ideas and vote on designs, which are then put into microproduction - the limited edition T-shirt has become impossible to avoid.
The Shirt Snob loves that t-shirts are finally getting their due. There are so many new and great websites out there with tees that we think are wonderful, cute, and smart. Not all of them are selling shirts for women, but those that aren't seem to be about to start.
As for Threadless, we have been a big fan of theirs for a long time. We love voting on which ones we like best, which is usually a hard decision to make. Also, if you have a design you want to put on a t-shirt, you can submit it to them. If it wins, you get $750 pluse $250 in credit to the site. Don't forget to check out their full catalog for all of their t-shirts, where they have a blog for every entry. Our favorites right now are My Pet Human and Sweet Creep. If you love their t-shirts, consider signing up for the Threadless 12 Club, where you get a t-shirt a month from them for 12 months for $200. These shirts are made specifically and only for those in this club, no one else can buy them. They produce just enough for those who are members, you can't get much more limited for that price!
The Shirt Snob is a big fan of many Bohemian influences in clothing, and this next shirt is a fine example. The Ethnic Embellished Cami, offered by Shop Intuition, is a stunning work of art. Full of lush detailing with beads and sequins, this tank top is striking. We love the designs of flowers and animals, which really make this top unique to any other. Besides white, this camisole also comes in orange, has a side zipper, and is 100% cotton. A similar item is the Ethnic Ruffle Skirt, in bark and white, which is now on sale for over $100 off.
July 20, 2005
Although it seems to have been news for a little while, the Shirt Snob has just discovered that Ryan Seacrest is starting his own clothing line for both men and women called The R Line. Here is an article from People Magazine, although you need to be an AOL user to read it. For those of you who cannot, here is a quote:
Seacrest credits the look of his R Line shirts, which he describes as a blend of "Hollywood, music, pop culture and humor," to his sister Meredith, a publicist for Entertainment Tonight; ex-girlfriend Shana Wall; and his mother, Connie, who once attended the Atlanta Fashion Institute. Prices for items range from $34 to $84.
As for whose backs the shirts have already adorned, they include those of Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Ripa, Will Smith, Ryan Cabrera and first Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
There is also an article in USA Today from July 18th about this new clothing line as well. The line has debuted at Marshall Field's stores in the Midwest and will soon be in Bloomingdales as well as some LA boutiques and Scoop, a NY and Miami store. Seacrest is looking to branch out into a skin care line as well as into interior design, both for the home and for restaurants.
The Shirt Snob has been a big fan of Junkfood tees for a long time now. They are so cute, definitely stand out, and are so much fun. There are a lot of brands that we haven't thought about in a long time, and it's fun to reminisce and get a laugh out of a t-shirt now and then. So, we are thrilled that Fred Flare is having a t-shirt sale and some Junkfood tees are 25% off. You have to put in the discount code "fredfan.0705" at checkout until July 24th to get the discount. Our favorites include the Blow Pop tee and the Hawaiian Punch tee as well as the Gumby and Pokey tee, which isn't a Junkfood t-shirt but is still on sale. If the Junkfood tees at Fred Flare carries aren't for you, there are plenty of others out there at other online sites for you to choose from. Please note, these tees seem to shrink, so you may want to buy one size higher than normal.
Cafe Press has a bunch of designs that say "We're not afraid" inspired by the London bombings of last week. All 100% of the profits from this shop goes to Red Cross London Bomb Relief Fund. There are a bunch of different designs to choose from if you are interested. Also, you can consider contributing directly to the fund if you are not interested in a t-shirt. All of these shirts come in a variety of colors and styles for men and women as well as on hats, bags, mugs, etc.
July 19, 2005
Urban Outfitters has two really cute tops with eyelets that the Shirt Snob is drooling over they are so cute and feminine looking. The first, the Lux Scalloped Eyelet Blouse, is almost-sheer, light weight cotton. It has lace going around the edges, and two layers with the top one coming up the front a bit. This laces up to the top of the scoop neck with a satin ribbon. There is a hidden zipper on the side, so you don't have to lace up every time you put it on. This blouse comes in ivory only, which, when combined with all the other features, really gives it an innocent look.
The other shirt is the Lux Split Tie Front Caftan. It has pointelle panels going down the front as well as around the cuffs of the sleeves, which are 3/4 length. The front comes together with a single tie, so you can wear this shirt as a very light summer jacket or as a cover up over a your summer shirts. We think this is a great purchase to make as summer comes to an end and the air gets cooler. This top comes in two colors, natural white and vino.
The Spring/Summer sales are all over the place on the web! Active Endeavors is selling many items at 30-50% off, Pink Mascara is selling at 25-60% off, 20% off all sale items at Testimo, 20-50% off at Vibe the Boutique, 30% off denim at P&J Styleworx, and up to 80% off at Girlshop.
Also having sales are Style-Finds, The Fashion Pulse, Luv Charlie, Shop Intuition, Girl du Jour, Sway and Cake (including the Grecian Tunic we posted on last month), and JLo as well.
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July 18, 2005
Here are more great tank tops that the Shirt Snob would love to own, the Gold Sequin Babydoll sold by Shop Intuition. We love the designs of the sequins all over this top, it's so intricate and beautiful! The top is snug against the body, but the bottom flows out so it isn't too warm. You could easily pair this up with short, a nice pair of jeans, or a pretty skirt. The tank is made up of 100% silk and it's straps are adjustable. It comes in two colors, turquoise and fuschia.
The Shirt Snob loves this t-shirt website. Salt Lick NYC hand stitches their designs onto their slim fit tees, so each one is slightly different than the rest. Most of their designs have animals, states, or plants on them, and they make long-sleeved tees and hoodies as well as shirts for men, children, and pets. You can even send in a picture of your pet to have them make a likeness on a t-shirt. They also do custom orders. Our favorite is a Lily of the Valley tee, the Shirt Snob's sorority flower.
July 17, 2005
Isn't it funny how you can see a shirt and it makes you wish you were at the beach? The Shirt Snob has that feeling with this new tank top. The Tali Top by Cool Change is so pretty, the Shirt Snob just has to mention it to you. Made with Indonesian influence, the batik print is beautiful. There is smocking all around the waist area to make you look slim, and there are tie straps at the shoulders. The back is also exposed. Comes in two colors, Rajasthan Emerald/Powder and Rajasthan Pink/Pistachio.
July 16, 2005
The Shirt Snob is a big fan of this next top, yet another take on the wrap look that is so big right now. The Capsleeve Ballet is by Lily McNeal, a line known for it's sweaters and knits. This shirt is great because it's understated yet still quite unique. The wraparound is a different take on the typical V-neck, and the assymetrical bottom gives it a fun, cute look. We just wish we could see the back of the sweater; we don't know if it ties in the back or how else the wrap stays in place. The Shirt Snob is learning how to knit, so we know how hard it is to make the shirts that Lily McNeal makes. We have a great respect for this company and can't wait to see more from them in the future.
July 15, 2005
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This week for Accessory Friday we are spotlighting some great purses that we've just discovered. Made by Holly Aiken, these bags are simply amazing. To quote from her website, "All of Aiken’s bags, whether tote, messenger, clutch or diaper bags, are graphically striking, even from a great distance. Her color pallet is slightly retro and always just right." This couldn't be more true, striking is such a great word for these bags. Whether it's a clutch, baby bag, or tote, the purses stand out. Not only are these bags stunning, they are also nearly indestructable! They are all "made of industrial strength vinyl, poly webbing and nylon. Seams are reinforced for durability." The designs are mostly stripes and take offs of spots, which are simple yet so stunning. The Shirt Snob's favorites are the Turbo Jr/Small Tote and the Diaper Bags, no doubt since we're trying to have a baby. But they even come with a matching roll out changing pad. How cute is that! We think we may buy this bag now and use it as a large purse until the baby decides to come!
The Shirt Snob has found a new favorite top! The Charmeuse Halter Top with Rhinestone is the next shirt we want to buy. Made by Ingwa; Melero, this halter is silk and has a hidden zipper on the side. The detailing of the rhinestones is so spectacular and intricate, it's totally different than anything else we've seen and so unique with the circular holes. The green color is also stunning, it just pops out at you. Don't wear this halter if you don't want to be noticed! Also comes in lemon and berry.
July 14, 2005
Although the Shirt Snob loves the big designers, we must admit that there's plenty of great tops at many of the stores you'll find in your local mall. Here we've found a great one from Banana Republic, the Boho-print babydoll top. This tank top is 100% silk, has spaghetti straps, and ties around the waist. There is also a hidden zipper on the left side. The flower design throughout this shirt is pretty, but what makes it great to me is the cut at the bottom, Coming down to a point on each hip makes the top stand out amongst all the other tank tops out there. Coming in yellow rose and summer pear, this top is also available in petite sizes.
July 13, 2005
Another Greek top! You will remember our post on the two Greek inspired tops by Cynthia Vincent last month, and here is another shirt using the same country for its influence. This beauty is the Athena in Teal by Foley and Corinna. You have the chance to be creative with this top, for the metalic leather binding around the stomach can be wrapped around in whatever way pleases you. The top strap also ties in the back, and you can put it as a tank top or with a racer back. The silk material is shorter in the front and back and longer on the sides, creating an angular look to the blouse. Besides teal, this shirt also comes in black as well as in a dress.
A big sale starts today at Label Los Angeles, with Spring and Summer merchandise 30-70% off. Some of my favorites from the sale include the Emerald Tube Top by Bluebird which is now $69.99 down from $142, the Butterfly Top by K Kornbread which was $98 but is now $59.99, and the Zoe Criss Cross by Ella Moss (which can also be worn as a skirt) now on sale for $69.99 from $132.
July 12, 2005
The Shirt Snob has found one of the most feminine tank tops out there right now, the Painted Lady Top by Nanette Lepore. The details of this top are amazing. The butterfly on the bottom right side and the star and bow at the top left of the shirt along with the lace around the boarders and the creme and pink colors give this shirt such a flirty yet innocent feel that really makes it stand out against everything else out there. We love the buttons going up the front, just one more detail that enhances the sweetness of this tank.
If you like this top, you may also like the Flutter Sleeve Top in creme or the Silk Peasant Top in Petal Pink, both of which are also by Nanette Lepore.
Here is a halter top by Lotta Stensson that has fun written all over it. The Tie Back Spaghelli Top is one of the Shirt Snob's favorite tops of the moment from one of our favorite designers. The flowery embroidery is beautifully done, and we love the intricacy of the beading that goes all around this top. The shading of the colors down the shirt flows so well, and we love how the back is open giving this halter a lot of sex appeal. Available in both spice and plum, this halter is 100% hand embroidered silk, and it has a tie in the back as well as behind the neck.
July 11, 2005
The Shirt Snob loves this Mesh Sleeveless Scoop by Sweet Pea. It's such a classy look that you could wear it with a skirt to a wedding or dress it down with a pair of jeans. If you want to be cooler but don't want to show off a ton of skin, this is a great shirt for you. Our favorite part of this top is definitely the ties in the front. The moss colors of the ties work perfectly with the turquoise of the top. According to the website, this tank top is also great if you have recently become pregnant, for you can continue wearing it long into your pregnancy since the stomach area isn't fitted. As someone who is trying to get pregnant right now, this fact makes me want this tank top even more.
Another Indian inspired shirt, the Shirt Snob is totally enamored over this Teri Silk Top by Boheme. We love the feeling of silk on our skin, and to have it be so pretty too is just a dream. You will feel like you are wearing a modern version of a sari when wearing this tank top. It has a zipper that goes up the back.
Also check out Bohemian Closet if you like this top. This site has many similar items at discount prices.
If you are interested in other Indian inspired clothing, don't forget about the V-Neck Kurta by Margaret Loves Peter and the Lotta Stensson halter top I've previously posted about.
July 10, 2005
There is an article in the Boston Globe today about a Massachusetts t-shirt company started by two brothers, Life is Good. Their mascots are Jake, a happy stick figure man, and his dog Rocket, both of whom are emblazened on many of the clothing and other items that Life is Good sells. Besides t-shirts, this company sells a number of other items including capris, boxers, night shirts, shorts, hoodies, tank tops, and more. There are also men's and children's lines of clothing, many different types of hats, and bottles, mugs, tire covers, and many other items. Here's an excerpt from the article:
John, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts with degrees in art and English, came up with Jake and designed him as a symbol of an outdoorsy culture that clearly enjoys the simple life.
He wears a beret to show his artsy side and sports sunglasses because "they make him look cool," said Bert. He also carries a big grin.
"He could be any demographic, that's the beauty of him," Bert says. "He's just a free-thinking guy who doesn't take things too seriously."
When Jake, with the saying "Life is good" underneath his image, was put onto T-shirts for a test run at a street fair in the fall of 1994, the shirts were gone within hours.
The Shirt Snob really likes these t-shirts. Until today, we'd never heard of this company, but they are great for casual situations. We'd would love the tank tops for working out, when one may need an inspriational quote such as 'Life is Good' to get through a particularly hard pilates class.
The Shirt Snob loves this new Argyle Cashmere Crew from Juicy Couture, a very different take on your typical argyle. The front has an argyle print, while the back is striped and has a heart on the bottom left side. Fall will be here before you know it, and this is the perfect sweater for the cooler weather. You can buy this in either the pink grey you see here or in pink and blue. Juicy also makes a very similar sweater with a V-neck instead of the scoop and in the color chocolate. Since fall will come whether you like it or not, why not treat yourself with this, who doesn't love cashmere?
July 9, 2005
Here is a great find if you are dying in the summer heat (Shirt Snob wouldn't know what that is like, it's only 65 degrees in Boston lately!). This MIJO Ring Halter is about as light weight of a top as you can find. Made out of cotton gauze, this shirt is semi see-through except in the bust area, which has another layer of gauze that ties around the back. Another look could be to leave the ties hanging down, which would still cover you up so you aren't showing the world your goods, but we think that look is rather ugly and unpolished.
A similar halter top is the McGinn Portabello Top. This shirt leaves a little more to the imagination, but it's still light weight and good for the summer. The halter part is a braid that you tie behind your neck. This item also comes in coral with the braid both coral and white.
Single Serve Coffee.com visited Baronet Coffee, found some cool Amazon deals, and reviewed
JaVaNa One Sumatra Coffee Pods. Just The Chips.com found some Poker Playing Robots and new Pad Printed Poker Chips.
Kitchen Contraptions.com covered the Kalamazoo Steadfast Two Plus Smoker Box Grill, Bamboo Knife Block by Kershaw, Network/Phone-controlled Refrigerator/Oven, and Blomus Stainless Steel Kitchen Magnets. Shaving Stuff.com found Schick offers Tunes to Shave By, Shave and a Haircut, plus an old school Blue Willow Shaving Mug.
TV Snob.com found TiVo Facing Identity Crisis, the
Slingbox officially out, a new Portable Media Player, and the MediaREADY 5000 Advanced Digital Media Center
Shirt Snob.com was shirt crazy covering Dandylion Tee by Blue Platypus, Shirtly Temple tube top by McGinn, Trunk Ltd. t-shirts, and a Tie Tube Top by development. GPS Lodge.com found you could Save $20 on Garmin Forerunner 201, and the
Magellen eXplorist 600 rated highest of GPS Receivers in Wired Mag.
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July 8, 2005
Shirt Snob has found the ring of our dreams this week on Shop Bop. The Mini Pearl Ring is 14K Gold Filled Wire with Turquoise Aquamarine Freshwater Pearls. This cluster ring by Rachel Leigh, a Shop Bop exclusive, is in our opinion her most stunning piece right now. Besides the Turquoise Aquamarine, there is also Green Citrine, Pale Pink, and Golden colored pearls available. Each ring is handmade, so the one you buy may be slightly different than the one pictured. The best part of this ring is the wire banding; we love how it goes all around the pearls, and there isn't a single thick band going around your finger. This seems to be a characteristic of many of her rings. The Mini Pearl Ring is also not too big and chunky, but more of an understated beauty. Definitely check out her website for more rings, she makes many different types with lots of different semi-precious stones.
Here is a shirt that the Shirt Snob loves from a small California company Blue Platypus. The big dandylions on the front are huge and definitely eye-catching, and you definitely can't stop staring at this tee. The tops of the flowers are fuzzy, which just adds more to the appeal of the tees. If you look closely, you'll also notice that there are little faces at the tops of the stems. The dandylions could also be disco divas! Besides the coral, this t-shirt also comes in sapphire blue (with a slightly different design), and with long sleeves in chocolate, vanilla, and olive. Sizes tend to run small, so order one size up. If you'd prefer the design in a bag, they sell them in orange and chocolate.
July 7, 2005
Here is a tube top that reminds the Shirt Snob a lot of the Ella Moss tube top we covered last month. The Shirly Temple tube top by McGinn is a great way to show off some skin while still keeping your stomach covered. Again, this looks just like a dress we would have worn when we were three, which makes it so cute in our eyes. We just love smocking right now, and the pink color just adds to the adorableness. If you are looking for something like this but not for such a high price, definitely check this shirt out. It's currently 50% off, selling now for only $46. This won't last long so hurry!
Trunk Ltd. is a company that "dedicated to developing imaginative fashion concepts built around the 'art of music'" to quote their website. There's even a part of the site dedicated to the great and influential albums that came out during that time, focusing on the mid 1960s through 1980s. They see the t-shirts they make as a canvas to capture the music of the time. Their tees cover a wide variety of musicians, including Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Yes, and many others. They also have plenty of shirts for men and children. Trunk Ltd. guarantees that each shirt is a limited edition, so that each one will be rare and a collectible. The Shirt Snob loves this company because we love concert t-shirts. However, the concert vendors usually only sell X-Large when we need a small. Besides, we was born too early to go to almost all of these concerts, so there's no way we'd have shirts for them. Our favorite is the Bangles camisole. They are our favorite girl group of all time, and we would love to have a concert tee for them.
July 6, 2005
Today is development day! Here is another shirt from them that the Shirt Snob just has to show you! Everyone once in a while you come across a shirt that is so perfect that every single ounce of being inside of you tells you that you need to buy it. This is definitely the case for us when we first came upon the Tie Tube Top with Mother of Pearl Trim. We really like all the wraps and ties that have been on blouses lately, but this one is truly special. There are two ties in the back, one for the top part and one for the mesh wrap that is below the first tie. The mother of pearl trim is also beautiful, giving the top a glimmer of color that really makes this shirt what it is.
For a feminine twist on the hawaiian shirt, you could try the Cap Sleeved Tiered Top by development. This blouse is great because it's so versatile, you can wear it with almost anything. Nice pants into the office, a BBQ with jeans, to dinner with a skirt, and more. And with all the colors, it'll match so much. It's also a take off of the tie tops that are all over the place (and we can't stop mentioning!). The front is a tie with beads on the end of the strings to give it a unique twist. We know it's still warm out, but soon you'll have to start thinking about fall and cooler weather. This is a blouse to consider.
July 5, 2005
The Charmeuse Ruffle Top by Robert Rodriguez is the perfect top for a night on the town in the summertime. The color is beautiful and the shape and style of the halter is attention-grabbing. The layers in front give it a flirty look, and the ruching on the top matches well with the crinkly nature of this silk fabric. The Shirt Snob loves the beads in the center of the bust, which reminds us of a brooch; the detailing gives this halter top a look of elegance. This blouse has three buttons in the back besides the halter tie around the neck.
This attention grabbing beaded blouson top by Corey Lynn Calter is a favorite of the Shirt Snobs. We love how there are both spaghetti straps as well as the halter strap, and the metalic silver is a great color to add to this tank. And the pearls! What woman doesn't love pearls! Although this top is full of them, we think the top could look really well in many situations. As you can see from the picture, a nice pair of jeans would be delightful with this camisole. And yet you could also dress it up with a more formal bottom. Or hell, wear it with a suit into the office!
Amongst many others, Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan of Corey Lynn Calter.
July 4, 2005
Need something to wear over your boring tank tops and camisoles that won't leave you sweating? Here is a great solution, the V-Neck Sequins Kurta by Margaret Loves Peter. This designer seems to be another that is influenced by Indian culture. Besides the feminine version of kurtas, she also sells numerous skirts with indian styled prints on them. The Shirt Snob loves the kurtas because they are so light-weight that you can pair it with something sleeveless in order to have a little more coverage without compromising your look. The detail around the edges of this tunic are also quite striking. Besides pink/capri, this blouse also comes blue/kiwi as well as in two slightly different styles.
July 3, 2005
There is a new top by Sass and Bide that the Shirt Snob really loves called the midnight hour top. It's a semi-sheer mesh tank top with a bunch of silver sequins on it. The bottom is long, going past the hips, which is a look that we normally are not a huge fan of, being women with hips. However, this look is so dazzling we can't complain. It also looks incredibly comfortable and very versatile; you could wear this at any time of day with almost any bottom.
Unfortunately, the Shirt Snob is not a big fan of blaec clothing's website, where we found this shirt. Right now, you can find it on the right side of the front page under Midnight Hour Top, but soon we think it'll probably be listed under Sass and Bide.
Nicky Hilton, among many other Hollywood celebs, is a big fan of Sass and Bide.
July 2, 2005
It seems like every celebrity is starting their own clothing line these days. The Shirt Snob has always wondered how much influence they actually have. Do they have time between their movies, making their albums, and walking all the red carpets to actually design a clothing line? Mandy Moore has a new line of vintage contemporary t-shirts called Mblem, and we have to be honest, we are not that impressed. If she wasn't Mandy Moore, would anyone actually be selling/buying these shirts? They aren't necessarily bad tees, just nothing very special. There's one graphic tee she's selling (with a picture of Jamie Lynn Spears wearing it on the front page), that is not bad. It is a v-neck, and we can't tell if it's been "cut" or if that's the actual seam. The rest of the shirts are more or less a series of basic tees. They are all nice, but they are the same shirts you could buy from anyone. The one nice thing is that a percentage of the profits benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If you are looking to stock up on basic tees, then this is a great place for you. If you want something a little different though (like us), it'd be best to just stay away.
What's new & exciting from the Blogpire? Single Serve Coffee.com has news Senseo Coming to an American Bed & Breakfast Near You, how to Keep Your Single Serve Coffee Hot!, and a review on Coolbrew Coffee. Kitchen Contraptions.com covered Coffee Makers, Rehti Design Flower Print Griddle, Kershaw Color Fish Knife, and LG Remote Monitoring Laundry System.
Just The Chips.com has some info on Weird Poker Games, Personalized Casino Quality Chips, and NEW TEXAS HOLD'EM Poker Chips. Shaving Stuff.com was also busy giving advice for Grooms, a Straight Razor Primer and Heavy Duty Shaving Cream.
What's All The Racquet.com has Congratulations to the Wimbledon Semi-Finalists!, Ancient Roman Inspiration for Tennis Racquets?, and news Andy Murray picking up Head as a racquet sponsor. TV Snob.com covered the Slingbox and other stuff including: Appliance ''Placeshifts'' the Living Room TV, Slingbox Review at Slingbox411.com, and other news on How To Buy A Home Projector, and HDTV: Terms To Know.
Shirt Snob.com covered too many shirts to count including: Ballerina Wrap by Susana Monaco, Grecian influence by Cynthia Vincent, La Fem Blouse, and Lotta Stensson halter top. And last but not least, GPS Lodge.com has news of New GPS Units from palmOne.
July 1, 2005
This month we discovered a lot of great shirts for summer, including an Ella Moss tube top, a Lotta Stensson halter top, a chocolate colored camisole by Theory, and a Grecian tunic from Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent. We also found other great tops such as the La Fem Blouse by Kween and the Ballarina Wrap by Susana Monaco. Dusty Brand Clothing t-shirts were also explored, and we found a great sale happening at Revolve Clothing.
We’ve had an exciting month on Shirt Snob.com! It’s been a wonderful time so far, and we look forward to keeping you updated with the latest in t-shirts, blouses, camisoles and more in the following year.
The Shirt Snob is going to start a weekly "Accessory Friday" so we can point out my favorites every week in the world of accessories. We see so many great purses, shoes, jewelry, etc, that we need to share the best with you. This week the subject is belts, specifically by Kristin Kahle. All of these hand-crafted adjustable belts are quite unique. They have large round buckles that come in either wood, brass, or silver and ever-changing vintage fabrics. Each belt is two inches wide and come in three sizes: 39, 42, and 45 inches. Our favorites (although it's very hard to choose) are barcelona red, san francisco, and manhattan blue. There are also some belts on sale at 30% off, so definitely check those out too.