Archive | June, 2012

Interview with Christina Caradona a.k.a. Trop Rouge (New York)

27 Jun

Christina Caradona is the voice and beauty behind the blog Trop Rouge. Based in New York, but brought up in Biarritz, this former model has all the easy, coastal chic found in the south of France, mixed with the worldly sophistication gained from living in the middle of Manhattan.

How would you describe your style?

I would say it’s pretty alternative I love playing around with different eras and themes. It changes constantly, but always has my signature touch, which would be Mod inspired pieces as well as edgier pieces like leather. I love mixing rocker chic with 60s mod. They’re two very different eras, but I think it works for me.

Before blogging became a full time gig for you, you modeled. How would you say being a model influenced or affected your style?

Modeling gave me the chance to explore different brands and learn from stylists. I never tell anyone I am working with that I don’t want to wear something, because I might be able to learn something or use one of their tips and tricks.

You travel back to France quite often. Would you say there is a European sensibility to your style?

Yes, I love European style. I think European style comes from somewhere different than American, it’s just a lot more effortless. In Biarritz where I am from, the boys dress, like greasers with rolled up blue jeans and cigarettes in their shirts. The girls wear espadrille and Capri pants. It’s not about what’s trending, they have a timeless style you associate with that part of the world.  I love the tradition to the clothes.

Their style is authentic. I try and keep it real and authentic by having classic, timeless pieces that I can always go back to.

You now live in New York City. Would you say that living there has changed your style at all?

NY definitely influences my style. I do a lot more vintage shopping and have started wearing a lot more black, which I feel is so NY. NY is an electric city, so I find that my style is less laid back and less beachwear than it used to be. It’s gotten more polished.

Do you have any style icons? If so, who are they?

Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, of course. I Love the way the Olsen twins are grungy but high end. Lenny Kravitz’ style is great. I like his vibe he always looks so carefree. Also, Charlotte Gainsbourg, she is so tomboyish but polished at the same time.

What is the last thing you bought?

I just bought these Doc Martens my roommate had and that I had been lusting after for a while. They’re lace up oxfords. I also just bought two dresses in France. They’re actually piece of lingerie, but I wear as them as dresses. When I wear them I kind of look like I was working on a field especially when I wear them with my mom’s old lace up brown boots from the 80s. I throw my vintage suede jacket on over the dress and then I’m ready to go.

You say you love thrifting in New York, what are some of your favorite spots to scour and shop?

Housing Works at 90th at 2nd

There is also this amazing place near where my parents live in Long Island. It’s a historical site and every Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm they sell antiques and old clothing. I used to make the owners cookies and bring them over and shop. I think they might have closed down though, which is really sad.

Also, there is this amazing little place near Bank Street where I’ve found some really great designer gems. I can’t seem to find it again and I’m starting to think it was a dream.

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Interview with Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead (Chicago)

20 Jun

Blonde Bedhead blogger Andrea Kerbuski is as recognizable for her style as she is her pile of perfectly curly platinum locks. The Chicago resident shares her love of leather and spikes and why the Midwest is a fashion destination worth knowing about.

How would you describe Midwest style?

It’s edgy but comfortable. People put effort into utility here, which of make more sacrifices for style. Because people dress for the weather, you’re seeing something very different throughout the year. You have more ways to play around with style and your essentially styling yourself throughout the year.

Describe your style

My style is reflective of Chicago, but a bit more on the edgier side. I prefer anything with leather and spikes. Everything I wear has a rocker edge to it. Really, if I could wear leatherhead to toe I would! I’ll wear some feminine pieces now and then, but even then, the look is more toughened up.

Have you always been into fashion?

I grew up in small town in Michigan with no access to department stores. So, I did a lot of DIY from a young age and had to use a lot of imagination. It wasn’t until college that I understood that fashion isn’t that far away; it can be wherever you live.

Why are you favorite designers?

Alexander Wang – every single thing he makes I would wear. It’s the perfect mix of edgy and comfort. I love his handbags and shoes. I also love Marc Jacobs, especially his handbags.

Who are your style icons?

I look at other bloggers and street style. My favorite blogger is Caroline of Caroline’s Mode (from Sweden). Our styles are very similar. She has been one of my favorite bloggers for a long time. I love Swedish style.

What are some of the great stores in Chicago that people need to know about?

Neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park have great boutiques. A place called Lori’s Shoes has a great selection of accessories. Comfort Me is an environmentally friendly store that has home stuff and garden items as well as clothes and accessories. You just walk in and immediately feel happy.

Knee Deep Vintage, Dethrose Vintage and Merl Kinzie (jewelry) are all great and all share a studio. They take customers by appointment only.


I hear you love high heels. Who makes some of your favorites?

It’s all I wear! And it doesn’t matter if I’m in the city or not. I don’t actually know if my body knows how to walk in flats. I think I might trip!

Christian Louboutin is my favorite. If it’s a crazy day and I am going out later that night, then I wear a pair of Jeffrey Campbell platforms or boots. I can go out to the bars in Chicago for 6 hours and I’m still comfortable. My shoes always look like they’re uncomfortable but they’re not. The platform really helps.

For more from Melissa Magsaysay and her stellar taste, check out Melissa’s Picks for the full breakdown of everything she has her eye on right now. And don’t forget to enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win them all! 

Interview with Katie Atlas of Sugar Laws (Houston)

12 Jun

Fashion editor and author of the new book “City of Style,” Melissa Magsaysay recently sat down with Katie Atlas of Sugar Laws to dissect her style and get the scoop on all things Southwestern.

She may have started her blog as a die-hard foodie, but Katie Atlas swiftly made a name for herself by sharing her enviable style with the whole world. Her recent move to Houston also has her infusing plenty of genuine southern charm into her wardrobe, complete with tons of color and statement accessories.

How would you describe your style?

I shoot for easy and comfortable but fashion forward. I’ve always gravitated toward things that I love and feel good in. I keep things pretty casual and classic and wearable.

What would you say is a signature aspect of your style?

I know what I love and that’s just what I love! I’m pretty casual, but I do love a good dress. I don’t do the vintage thing and tend to go for more contemporary pieces

You’re now living in Houston after living in New York for 7 years, how has your style changed?

My style has definitely changed, but it’s still me. The really cool thing about living in Houston is that you can actually wear your high heels. I was so happy to be freed from having to lug around my flats in my bag!

Also, I’ve been toning down the amount of black I wear here. I feel like when I wear all black in Houston I stand out in a way that you wouldn’t in New York. It’s a Southern City so people love their color and statement pieces. I’ve been trying to hold on to some of the New York sensibility. But, Houston is a really cool city that really loves fashion. People are really excited about fashion. People love to get dressed up here. I went to a fashion show here on a random weekday and people were wearing sequins and fur.

It’s the smaller details. People here care about fashion as an investment.

Have you discovered some great places to shop in Houston?

We have the Galleria, which is an incredible mall with everything from Chanel to YSL and also J Crew and Club Monaco in it. It’s one of the first places I learned how to get to in Houston. There are amazing consignment shops here too where you can find really good deals. I recently found a 3-4 year old Chanel jacket at one of them.

Who are your style icons?

I look at a ton of other blogs; those are my number one style source. Houston is such a driving city so you don’t see what people are wearing. I also look at what celebrities are wearing. I particularly love Rachel Bilson, Olivia Palermo always looks gorgeous, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen always doing fun things with fashion. I would rather see someone in a cool outfit out running errands rather than on a red carpet.

For more from Melissa Magsaysay and her stellar taste, check out Melissa’s Picks for the full breakdown of everything she has her eye on right now. And don’t forget to enter our Facebook contest for a chance to win them all! 

Interview with Cheyenne Meets Chanel – Shea Marie (Los Angeles)

6 Jun

LA based Shea Marie is a true California girl with the platinum locks and perennial tan to prove it. Her boho style is constantly evolving to reflect her mood and latest inspiration.

How would you describe your style?

I have a hard time boxing it into just a few words. So if I had to say what my style is, I would say it’s ever changing. But, I did grow up near the beach and live in L.A so I have always had a California laid back vibe. Other people might describe me as being a bit boho and a little hippie-chic.

Has your style changed since moving to L.A from San Diego? How so?

Definitely. San Diego is so far behind in fashion compared to LA. Moving to LA has made me become more fashion forward. There were things that I wore in San Diego that would be considered risqué and in LA the same things would be old news. There is a big difference between the two cities, even though they’re only a couple hours away from one another.

Who are your style icons?

Kate Moss – everything she wears is on the cutting edge and never looks like she tried too hard. I’m also a huge fan of street style blogs. I like to see what real women around the world are wearing.

Are you inspired by L.A street style?

Yes, somewhat. During the day people in New York and London look so nice. I actually just went to London for the first time and was surprised by how put together people were in London. So, in L.A there is just more of a laid back feeling, which I appreciate. Plus, I can run home and change for the various things I do during the day. In New York you need to be ready for the whole day and need a versatile outfit. Here I can just run home and change.

What are some of your favorite places to shop in L.A?

I love all of the stores on Robertson Blvd.Also, Opening Ceremony, Barneys, Maxfield, vintage clothing at Wasteland, the Melrose Flea Market and the Rose Bowl flea market. I love to find things nobody else has. You can find some amazing vintage in LA.

What is the last thing you bought?

I know my next purchase will be a nice bag. I need a beige or tan bag, something simple like a Givenchy or Valentino tote. I really like the Celine bag too, but I feel like everyone has that bag.

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