September 30, 2005
September 29, 2005
Here is a top that we’ve shown before, but it has a new print to go with it, so it deserves notice again. The V Gather Tie in emerald by Susana Monaco is a fun and laid back shirt that is great for fall. It has a V-neck, baby doll waistline that comes together in a tie at the center as well as ties at the ends of the 3/4 length sleeves and in the back, with the back also having a peek-a-boo opening. The same material for the ties also is around the neckline, and this feature really makes the shirt look sweet and innocent, almost romantic. The Shirt Snob loves this look as well as the print, it's so girly and fun, just as the cactus version was.
September 29, 2005
Here is a beautiful Lotta halter top offered by Playhouse Clothing that the Shirt Snob wishes she had seen sooner in the year with her growing belly and the cooler days outside. The Passion Tie Halter is sassy and pretty and would look good on just about anyone. Made of 100% silk, there is a double layer with aqua over a fuschia color, which gives the top a unique look. There is a fuschia tie bow in the front at the bust so you can tighten it to fit your body. The best part is the detailing along the neckline hem, and sides, stitching with sequins made to look like flowers. It's simply beautiful. If you are still interested in halter tops at this time of year, we highly recommend looking into this top.
Edited to add: We just noticed this top in Lucky Magazine. You can save 25% on this top and everything else at Playhouse Clothing if you enter "luckymag" at checkout!
September 28, 2005
This next top is so beautiful and feminine, we want to run out and buy it right now (if only the pregnant belly wasn't so big!). The Sweet Cap Sleeve Top by Lotta Stensson claims to be the perfect top for your bust-it holds it perfectly and is flattering for all different sizes. This is one area that women never want to look bad, so this is very important! The neckline is low and the front flutters down in a cascade of layered silk. The bust and back also have smocking, there are raw-edge ruffle details at the sleeves, and the hem is longer in the front than the back. The cap sleeves are also made of silk and are semi-see through.
September 28, 2005
The Shirt Snob has found the cutest Camisole that would look great with a suit, although you could certainly dress it down as well with a nice pair of jeans. Made by Max Studio, the cami is made out of stretchy silk charmeuse, so it's soft and lightweight. The straps are a handmade lace bordered by silk ribbons, and the keyhole at the neckline is made of the same. Besides the brown shown, this cami also comes in blueprint. We love the keyhole and the straps, they make this a very sexy top, yet still appropriate for work.
September 27, 2005
Here is a cute tank that would be great to wear around the house, to the beach, or to a little less formal event. The Fine Flurry Printed Babydoll by Free People is cute, fun, and laid back. The waist line is just below the bust, and there is hand crocheted lace around the neck line and shoulder straps. The Shirt Snob likes the print, as usual. The pretty little flowers are not very defined, so they look sort of like an impressionist painting on a brown canvas.
Busted Tees is having a great sale on some of their favorite t-shirts. This is a great opportunity to stock up on the good ones while you can, a sale like this doesn't come around very often. Our favorite on sale is definitely the New Mexico-Cleaner than Regular Mexico, which was very controversial when it was sold at Urban Outfitters a few months ago. Busted Tees also has some new tees, including the Volunteering: It doesn't pay, Old School, and Beethoven's Fifth.
September 26, 2005
Here's another great Nanette Lapore blouse, the Naughty Girl Top. We don't have much information on this top, but it looks like it may be silk, it has black lace detail at the neckline, which is a V-neck, and there's a little white bow right at the bust. We really like the black and white contrast as we did in the last shirt. The black lace gives it a little bit of a edge, so it is a toss up whether the person wearing it is naughty or nice. And the Shirt Snob loves to keep everyone guessing!
Last week, Ellen had a person in her audience who bought a Nanette Lapore top for the show, and Ellen called her husband to break the news. The top was beautiful, but we haven't been able to find it online as of yet. So instead, we are making today Nanette Lapore day! The first top is the Fantasia Top, which has ruffles around the top of the bust and sleeves with a black stripe, is fitted, and honestly, it makes the bust area look great. But really, we love the black and white of the top, it's contrasts so nicely. And the design, we can't tell if it's dogs or deer or what, but it's so cute and fun. If, as it says on the website, you aren't afraid to be a little whimsical, this is the top for you!
September 23, 2005
The Shirt Snob has found a Greek inspired top, and since we haven't showcased one for a few weeks now at least, we thought we had to show it to you. The Ginger Top by Zola is ancient Greek meets the disco 1970s-it's flashy and fun. Along the empire waist there is a band of gold sequins which truly sets this piece apart from the rest. Besides that, there is a crisscross bodice, wide sheer straps edged with gold threading, cylon lining, and a hidden zipper. You can wear this dressed up or dressed down, but either way you'll look like a goddess.
The Shirt Snob found something very special for Accessory Friday, the jewelry collection by Twigs and Heather. Normally, we are more fond of gold than silver, but how can you not admire the Silver Twig Jewelry collection? The Silversmiths, twin sisters Heather and Kerry Collins, use what they find in every day life in New England as their inspiration for their jewelry. Besides twigs, they also are influenced by acorns, maple seeds, and sea glass. It's possible that we are entranced by this collection because we are from New England and can appreciate the influences, but how can one not love how simple and yet very elegant this jewelry is?
Thanks to The Bag Lady for the link.
September 22, 2005
The theme today is patchwork. Here is another cute patchwork halter, this time from...Free People, big surprise! The Patchwork Halter has cottom pieces and sewn together with a ruffled edge and it ties behind the next with spaghetti straps. This halter is cute, flirty, and fun, and it'd be a great addition to your wardrobe if you are a little on the younger side. It probably wouldn't work for women in their 30s or older.
The Shirt Snob has found another great top that would work well by itself or under a cute sweater or jacket. The Velvet Patchwork Cami by Hale Bob is pretty, but more importantly, it's velvet. Who doesn't love wearing velvet? It's one of those great fabrics that are so cozy and soft and so much fun to wear in the cooler months. The bottom half of the camisole has crinkled velvet, while the top part around the bust is made of a patchwork fabric and is decorated with sequins and embroidery. The top has adjustable spaghetti straps and there is a silk band that goes below the bust and a ribbon that ties in the front. The bottom hem is decorated in lace and has tiny beads on it.
September 21, 2005
Yes, the Shirt Snob found yet another top that she loves from Free People. This one is one of those sweater coats that you can wear as a coat in the fall and as a sweater in the winter. The Belted Chin Yarn Sweater is made of wool and acrylic with wide-ribbed patterning of the thick multi-colored yarn. It has oversized buttons all up the front to close it as well as the tie, and it has a large collar. We love the oversized comfy feel of it, this is the perfect sweater to curl up in as the weather gets cooler. And the multi-colored yarn gives it a lot of character. It comes in two colors, multi and soft neutral.
We know that tie tops are already all over the place. If you can buy it at Old Navy, it's pretty mainstream. However, here is a slight twist on it, one that we think you may like. The Crop Tie Sweater by S.A.Y. is a fun way to continue the tie top trend into the fall. It is made of Italian yarn, hand loomed, and very fuzzy and cozy. This top is made to order, so expect a week or two lag time when you order it. Besides brown with turquoise, this top also comes in pesto with brown.
September 20, 2005
So this next top is not something everyone can wear. It's bold and loud, but if you have that type of personality, you should be able to get away with this sweater. The Shirt Snob isn't sure if we could, but we sure do love it! The Princess Wrap by Alice + Olivia is a 100% wool sweater with a belted waist that ties in the front. There is also a 2 inch band at the cuff and a 3 inch band at the collar, and the sleeves are slightly belled. Besides the belt, the sweater also closes with a triple hook and eye closure. What really makes this sweater stand out is the colors and the angle at which the stripes are located. You can't help but be noticed wearing this. Also available in red/yellow/black.
The Shirt Snob is sorry we haven't posted in the past few days, we haven't been feeling well. The Shirt Snob is happy to announce she is pregnant (yay!), but this leaves her feeling sick and exhausted most of the time. However, we must press on, and there is no better top to do that with than the Softest Babydoll Cami by Free People. After discovering Free People last week, we cannot get enough of them. Sure, there are some tops that are not our taste, but there are a bunch that we really really like, and for great prices too. And this camisole is so cute and looks so soft, we really really want it (if only we could fit into it). The top is made of a blend of wool and angora. There is an elastic under the bust and chroched lace trim under and above the bust and along the straps. We love this cami because it truly looks like the softest cami ever, and since it's a little heavier, it'd be perfect for the fall. Besides the sunlight yellow shown, it also comes in dark purple.
September 16, 2005
As you can probably tell by many of the Accessory Fridays that the Shirt Snob has a thing for purses. It is all we can do not to feature purses every Friday. Well, this week it's going to be a purse week, these bags are just too cool not to write about. Made by Astrosatchel, these purses are so pretty and unusual, I want so many of them. There are designs that are either sewn on or cut out and put on top. Most of the bags are messenger bags, but there are other options as well. Unfortunately, the website isn't all that great, you can't get any information about the bags, like what they are made out of (vinyl maybe?) or how much they are. You can only buy them at one place online, but they only offer one purse, not the whole collection. So if you live on the west coast, NC or Chicago, you can buy the purses, but if not, like the Shirt Snob, you'll have to hope they come to more boutiques soon.
Although the Shirt Snob isn’t a big fan of the next shirt’s name (why ditsy?), we still love the top. The Ditsy Babydoll Cap Sleeve by Free People (yes, we love the company right now) has cap-sleeves, ties in the back and has lace on the sleeves, top, and on the sides of the little jacket addition, which is really a part of the top. There is also a slight ruching on the bust. What we really love about this top is the floral print. These types of prints are about to be big, and this one is certainly one of the cutest ones we've seen in a while now. One thing we also love about Free People is that they have tons of great clothes at very reasonable prices, so check out the website. If you like this top, you'd probably also like the Lacey Silk Babydoll, which looks almost identical to the Ditsy Babydoll Cap Sleeve but in a single color (bisque ivory or vamp red) and obviously silk.
September 15, 2005
We love the Cocoon Kit Cardi by Free People, a perfect sweater for the fall. It is fitted, has a ribbed collar that comes together slightly to one side with a single button, which gives it a scoop neck. You could wear this with a simple camisole or something a bit more visual like a lacy top. This sweater comes in two colors, garnet and black at this site as well as brown crunch heather, dusty sage heather, and icy blue heather at Bloomingdales. Tons of colors for such a great sweater and a great price, you could buy more than one! Also check out the Romanian Marl, which to us is identical to the Coocon Cardi.
September 14, 2005
The Shirt Snob has found some new cute tees from Junkfood. These have 3/4 length sleeves, so they're more appropriate for the cooler weather that is coming. The shirts are the Rolling Stones, Batman logo, Cuckoo for Coco Puffs, Wonder Woman, Frosted Flakes, Kiss, and The Doors in rainbow. Each tee is a ringer with the sleeves the same color as the collar. The best part of these t-shirts is that they are all extremely affordable, selling between $26-36 each. Why not stock up on a few?
Here's a cute top by Generra if you want something fun and not too complex. The Second Skin Shirt is pretty and sparkly, what else could you want? The tank top is a V-neck, has sequin detailing on the bust are with a wrap look that actually ties in the back with two long pieces of fabric. It comes in three colors, hunter as shown, black, and brick. One word of caution, they say this line of Second Skin is so comfortable, you almost don't know you're wearing clothes, so make sure when you leave the house, you are wearing the top, not your "first skin."
September 13, 2005
It's Theory day! Another great top by another great designer. The Claudetta Flutter is flirty and fun, a really cute flowy camisole. There is ruching at the bust, 5 buttons on the side, and the spaghetti straps tie at the shoulders. We love the ribbon banding tie at the high waist, this makes the top unique. The shell and the lining are made up of mostly silk with a little spandex in there too. Besides gravel, it also comes in thistle and black.
With the cold weather coming, what could we want more than cashmere sweaters? There is nothing as soft and cozy and fun to wear. Here's a great sweater if you want a new cashmere addition to your wardrobe. The Jamey Cashmere by Theory is simple and yet quite pleasing. The cardigan has 3/4 inch banding at the front, cuffs, and bottom hem. What makes this sweater different is the belt around the center, which is such a great contrast in black to the stark white of the sweater. The sweater comes in grey as well, also with a black belt.
September 12, 2005
We have found the most elegant camisole we think we've ever seen, the Silk Cami by Rebecca Taylor. Wear it alone or under a suit to work, it'll make you look just a little more glamourous and stylish than everyone else. There is twisted ribbon detailing at the front of the straps, pintuck detail at the bust and bottom hem, and there is ruching in the back. Besides that, there is beaded lace banding at the neck and adjustable spaghetti straps. The neat part of this camisole is that it's actually in two pieces, which tie at the waist for closure. If you want something trendy and classy, definitely consider this top.
Since it's going to be over 90 degrees here in Boston today,weI refuse to feel guilty for finding another great "summer" top. The Rose Halter by Lotta Stensson is so lovely, how could you all not want us to show it to you? This 100% hand-embroidered silk halter has an elastic band around the high waist, rose and sequin detailing throughout, and the spaghetti straps tie behind the neck. The Shirt Snob is most enamored with the handkerchief look of the top, how below the waist it's so flowy and sexy and fun. The layer of colors makes this shirt more interesting and cool.
September 9, 2005
Now that it's starting to get a little cooler in much of the country, many of you are probably now wondering what you want to be wearing to stay warm. It seems a little early for coats, so why not try a vest? True Religion has three that the Shirt Snob loves, hopefully you will think they're as great as we do. The first one is the Butterfly Vest, with butterfly details on the front and floral screen detail on the back. There is also corduroy on the shoulders, collar, and front pockets. The Star Vest says "Soul Fulfillment" on the front and "Freedom" on the back. It also has patch detailing on the pockets and corduroy at the collar. The third is the Flower Vest which has patch and bead flower detailing at the front and sequin detailing throughout. There is also corduroy on the shoulders and collar, geometric graphics throughout, and patch pockets in the front. All three vests have 100% polyester padding, 100% cotton trim, and 100% nylon shell and lining.
Yet another shirt is for sale that will help the victims of Katrina, this one from one of the Shirt Snob's favorite places, Threadless. Unfortunately, the shirt, entitled Regrowth: Katrina, is only in stock for men right now, but soon they will be reprinting the tee. It sells for only $10, and for every shirt bought, the company will send $20 for Hurricane Katrina Relief, double what you pay for it. So definitely check this out if you want to help and are willing to buy your boyfriend/husband/brother/friend a t-shirt until you can buy one for yourself.
Raw Clothing is having a 30% off end of season sale. They have a ton of tops from lots of designers, including Juicy, MBlem, and more, so definitely check it out.
Thanks to She Finds for the info.
September 8, 2005
This list of companies in the fashion and beauty industry that are donating money to the Red Cross comes from CiCy Suds. Consider shopping at these places to do your part to help those who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.
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From now through September 13, the hippest boutique on the web is
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The classy handbag company is donating 20% of all sales to the American
The Baton Rouge, LA based jewelry and accessories company is donating
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donation to the American Red Cross.
Another cute tank for those of you who live in the south. The May Tank by Foley + Corrina should have come out in May, but that would probably make too much sense. Regardless, it's super cute, and the Shirt Snob really wants one. This 100% silk top is a low V-neck with spaghetti straps, and 2 inch elastic ruching around the bust. There are three different silk overlays under the banding, each with it's own pattern. The bottom also blouces out, so it isn't tight in case you have something to hide in the belly area. One of the patterns on the shirt is also made into another top, the Print Beatrice Top. This one also has spaghetti straps, ruching at the front center, and a band of decorative beadwork that ties in the back. That is also made a little longer into the Print Beatrice Dress.
September 7, 2005
Ok, we know that the Shirt Snob said Fall is officially here in our books, but we've found another tank top that we just love. It's still warm in Florida and California right? People in those states need clothes too. The Poppy Tank by Ella Moss is simply lovely, we can't get enough of the print. There is ruching at the bust and 1/2 inch banding is at the bust and moves into the straps of the top. Besides vanilla, this tank also comes in coral, and spearmint. There is also a Poppy Shirt in coral and spearmint with cap sleeves and ruching at the shoulders as well as the Poppy Dress in spearmint and vanilla with a halter, knotting detail at the center and ruching at the sides and waist.
We've found a cute new camisole that would look great under a nice jacket. The Marais Camisole by Catherine Malandrino is is beautiful and so soft you'll want to wear it every day. There is 2 inch smocking at the waist and at the neck and ruching at the banding. There is also silk banding at the bottom hem. There are spaghetti straps, a hidden side zipper, and is lined also with 100% silk. Malandrino tries hard with each piece to create a soft elegance, and the Shirt Snob definitely thinks that she did this with this cami, it is about as elegant as can be.
September 6, 2005
2 LOVE announced that they are designing shirts that are inspired by The OC, the popular teen drama from Fox. Debuting on September 30th at Lisa Klein boutique in Los Angeles, the shirts will sell for between $48 and $92 and proceeds will go towards Hollywood Habitat for Humanity. The shirts will be made for the seven main characters on the show, including the character Seth Cohen, whose shirt will read "Born in the O.C." 2 LOVE is the company behind Mblem, Mandy Moore's clothing line, and they have other charity lines that they have made with celebrities Molly Sims and Jessica Alba among others.
Labor Day has come and gone, the air is cooler, the kids are back in school, and no longer can we wear white shoes. In the mind of the Shirt Snob, this is the true sign of fall. Nevermind that we still have a few weeks before the season officially starts, it feels like fall, so that is how we will proceed. We have found a great shirt to kick off the season, Lauren Moffatt's Crinkle Metallic Stripe Top. This shirt has 3 inch banding that goes around the waist and ties in the back and 2 inch banding at the neck with contrast trim and gold discs. There is a single button at each cuff and a hidden zipper on the side. The most obvious part of this top is definitely the crinkled nature of the cotton, which is also sparkly with the metalic stripes in it. A very fun and feminine top, and a great look for fall.
September 5, 2005
Shop Bop, one of the Shirt Snob's favorite online stores, is currently having a huge sale to end the spring and summer season. You can get up to 70% off a bunch of great clothes from Juicy, Ella Moss, ingwa; melero, Lotta Stensson, Susana Monaco, LaRok, and a bunch more designers. Shop Bop is also about to update their website to include more pictures, updated product pages, and more, so look for that in the future as well!
September 3, 2005
Thanks to Boing Boing, the Shirt Snob has found some shirts that will help some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The I Heart NOLA on Cafe Press shirts will benefit the bloggers and their families of neworleans.metblogs.com, sending them 100% of the profits. There are a bunch of women's and men's styles of shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs available.
We all know there are a tons of ways to help. One of the best lists we've found has come from Go Fug Yourself of all places. Check out their list, it's quite comprehensive.
September 2, 2005
We all know how hard it is to buy a new purse, or more like just one. There are tons of great bag designers out there that make a ton of great purses every season, how do you choose which ones you want? You don't have to if you if you sign up for Bag Borrow Or Steal. With this site, you can choose one of three plans to get whatever bags you want for as long as you want them. When you are done, you send it back and get the next purse you want. If you decide you love them you can also buy them permanently. The one bad thing about the site is that searching isn't so easy. If you want to see what is available in your plan, you have to search through up to over a thousand purses. You can also search by color, designer, or bag type, but that still leaves tons of pages to wade through. There is no way to search for a specific bag you are looking for, although if you don't see it you can send a request to the site asking them to carry it. The site is having a two week free trial, so now is a great time to try it out if you are interested.
There's a great new shirt at Threadless that the Shirt Snob is in love with. For those of you who ever play Scrabble, you will empathize with this shirt, especially if you are a competitive player like we are. The tee is entitled Well, This Just Really Sucks, and it shows all the letters you don't want, at least not all at once. Actually, the Shirt Snob can't really relate, we always get stuck with 5 E's and two other vowels which vary each time.
Another great shirt that has been rereleased by Threadless, the Calling Home tee. If you are a fan of ET, this shirt is probably for you. We are afraid of ET (bad childhood memories), so we will pass. But for all of you who loved the childhood favorite, definitely check it out.
Thanks to the TeeJunkie for the links!
It's September and Summer is slowly wrapping up around the Blogpire. The students are back in Boston and causing traffic madness wherever you go, the nights are a bit cooler, but we all know we've got a few weeks left of some really nice late Summer weather and some great late Summer blogging.
Single Serve Coffee has news of the Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Available at Keurig.com and their Single Serve Coffee.com Monthly Round Up for August 2005
Just The Chips looks at Phil Gordon's Little Green Poker Book and the PSP World Series of Poker
Kitchen Contraptions reviewed the simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder and also has a great Monthly Round Up for August 2005
Shaving Stuff found Hitachi's +10 Razor of Goodness and also has a terrific August Wrap-Up
What's All the Racquet found The Coolest Tennis Gear in Forbes Magazine and 5 New Racquets from Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson & Yonex
TV Snob has been watching Photonic Textiles on their pillows and has great Roundup for August 2005
Shirt Snob continues to find Great deals at Max Studio and has their round up for August
GPS Lodge find a bunch of new reviews: GPS Review: Garmin V and an UPDATE: Geocaching.com Contest Details for September plus their Monthly Round-up for August 2005
And The Cooking News finds out that Hurricane Katrina May Affect Coffee Prices and some very cool cooking tips that Asian flavors add to recipes
September 1, 2005
Max Studio is having a special offer to all Lucky subscribers, and we want you all to know about it. Spend $100 or more and get $20 off, just use the code "lucky05" when checking out. Max Studio has a ton of great tops as well as other types of clothing and accessories, so check them out! One of our favorites is the Printed Silk Crepe Camisole. Made of 100% silk, this top is hand embroidered, very soft, and has raw edges for greater texture. We love the shirred silk ribbons at the bust and frame, which gives it quite a romanitc appeal.
The Shirt Snob cannot get enough of all the argyle sweaters that are out there this fall. They are all so cute and preppy, it makes us want to buy pencils and notebooks like all the other students out there. This specific argyle, the Cashmere Argyle V Neck by Alice + Olivia, is fun and yet nice and simple. There is 2 1/2 inch banding at the bottom and 6 inch banding at the cuffs, and oval patches cover the elbows in the same colors as the sweater. And who doesn't love cashmere? Besides the Cream/Tan/Chocolate shown, this also comes in Chocolate/Pink/White for a more colorful look.