Online Shopping List | 20 New Arrival Finds that Just Hit my Favorite Sites

Good 'online shopping list' morning StyleShakers.

I'm always scouring away to find the new pieces that are hitting the virtual 'shelves' of my favorite online shopping spots on the web. It's a weekly/daily occurrence because, a. I love to check out what's new, and b., I tend to get plenty of questions from my personal styling/shopping clients as well as during my Sip & Style Sessions regarding where women can find specific pieces they're looking for in their wardrobe. Now, I'm sharing my finds with you.

This is what I consider 'research' (yet another reason I love this job) so take a minute, scroll through, and click to check out my latest finds from my top shopping spots. This round, I focused on: FreePeople.com, TheOutnet.com, Shopbop.com, and UrbanOutfitters.com.

Shop-on, and if you see something you need help with deciding on ('How could I wear this? is this top appropriate for my age?' or, 'Is this dress good for my body type?' or, 'Am I have a crazy moment for thinking these pants will be a good look for me?') ask a question. Its's that simple. These are the questions I've built my business on, and it's part of my life's mission to help women answer them but more importantly, feel good about what they buy so they can feel good wearing it when they're out and about, you know, running the world and all.

Was this just a 'warm up' for you? Keep the momentum going strong and check out the motherload of all shopping on The StyleShaker. It's what I call, The Closet, my happy place filled and updated weekly with new finds used for How to Wear Tutorials, Product Reviews, Personal Client Shopping Lists, and then some. Check out what's happening inside by clicking below:

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See more on what to wear, how to wear it, my latest shopping finds, reviews, and tutorials, all right here.

Hey Boy, Heyyyyy. Time for the Top 5 Shopping List Picks for Him, From Her.

It's about that time, to pull out some heavy shopping hitters for him, all from her perspective. Meet the top five menswear-centric shopping list picks today:

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It starts with a simple, classic, clean-cut cobalt blue shirt from Carven that stopped me in my tracks a few days ago. How to wear it? This is definitely the shirt you don't want to mix with any hue of blue denim in hopes of avoiding the fashionably redundant blue-on-blue ensemble. A good way to pull this one off would be a classic black pant (flat front please), or possibly a charcoal grey distressed denim moment. Loving the super-saturated color here.

 1 Carven Long Sleeve Shirt

 

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Chuck Taylors, grey leather, 'nuff said.

2 Chuck Taylor Premium Leather

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A semi-fitted military jacket deserves a moment in every man's wardrobe. Diesel happens to be serving up said military moment for us today, and this time, it's got a drawstring. Leave this jacket loose over layers for Fall and you have the whole, "I don't care, but yes, I look good," thing going for you.

 

3 Diesel Drawstring Military Jacket

 

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I wanted to ramp up the men's denim quotient a bit here, so I mixed a little straight leg, distressed-ness in there from Prps, a new-to-me denim name. Meet the 'Barracuda' jean that will seamlessly take your snoring (yes, I dropped the 'b' for an 's' for added emphasis there; not a typo) everyday jeans up a level without going crazy (crazy= dropping a cool grand on the new jean from Balmain, which, mind you, is sold old in various web shopping spots; gotta love it).

 4 Prps Barracuda Straight Leg Jean

 

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Ok, so this is all about men's fashion/shopping picks from a female perspective, and while myself and the other editor's do have a strong sense of integrity (none of our picks our biased by advertisers, etc.) sometimes the male model sends us over the edge and making one pick an instant addition to our hit list over another. We can't help it.

In the below biker jacket scenario, we adore the jacket, but it didn't hurt to have it on the back of that model (quintessential bad guy one should walk away from and yet, most of us are like a moth to the messy-haired flame at least once in our lives).

Still, a solid leather jacket, biker in this case, is an essential in every man's wardrobe. The biker silhouette just happens to be a bit more modern and forgiving than most others, and when you throw in the added details seen below, it's kind of a no-brainer.

5 ASOS Leather Biker Jacket

 source: 1. Carven Long Sleeve Shirt (www.thecorner.com), 2. Chuck Taylor Premium Leather (www.converse.com), 3. Diesel Drawstring Military Jacket (www.neimanmarcus.com),  4. Prps Barracuda Straight Leg Jean (www.farfetch.com), 5. ASOS Leather Biker Jacket (www.asos.com)

We dig, every week, to pull together the best of the best for your fashion-savvy viewing pleasure. Consequently, we end up with a virtual closet filled of picks that never get their cameo and yet still deserve their time on the StyleShaker in one capacity or another. Cue: the StyleShaker Closet. Everything is updated weekly with our hand-picked favorites so if you're just wanting more (and really, who doesn't?) keep the shopping frenzy going strong and take a step inside:

 

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Time for an inspirational (to us and hopefully to you) quote to take us into today's little zen moment:

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How am I going to go from Friedrich Nietzsche to a story about the complete lack of direction my mother is notorious for? Easily and randomly, as I normally do.

My mother, my favorite woman on this earth (understatement), happens to have a horrible sense of direction. As a little girl, we moved all the time and in every new place we lived, she would sign me up for classes from ballet to tennis. This meant my mom, like many others, was a bit of a chauffeur (didn't realize it at the time so, thank you for that mom).

It would be a normal occurrence on our way to ballet class (or any other class), for her to pause at a light/stop sign/whatever (i.e. panic; it's her way) and say something like, "Hmmm, I think this is where I go left, right Britt?"

To this statement, in whatever form it came and whatever day it came upon, my go-to response would be to suggest moving in the opposite direction. So for the above instance  I said, "No Mom, it's right."

Now, did I look up from my intense surveillance of my sticker collection at the time to make sure this was the right way to go? Usually not, but nine times out of ten, when my mother wanted to turn one way, it was usually best to go the opposite direction. It's actually how she still gets around sometimes, although I have to give her credit, she's gotten way better with age, the woman is a paradox, a beautiful paradox.

Mama-gushing aside, sometimes we go left when we should go right. Either our sense of direction is completely off, or, we're worried that the right turn will take us somewhere we don't want to go. Ironically, most of the time, the right turn takes us exactly where we need to be, we just couldn't see that far ahead at the intersection.

Letting go of whatever you have in your life that is holding you back (usually something based on fear that may or may not be irrational) freaks most people out, myself included. But when your grip begins to loosen, your hand begins to open and so will your eyes, heart, etc. you name it.

There's a vulnerability in this one act, trust me, I've fought against it for some time, and still do. But something else I've found out  is that while the vulnerability that comes with opening yourself up to the unknown can be scary to you, it is ridiculously magnetizing and attractive (people come into your life, and yes, sure, maybe you look good too) to others.

The funny part is, I've recently taken steps towards releasing my grip and letting go thinking I'd end up somewhat alone (we're never really alone, but the fear remains, it's human).

It was only natural for me to assume (assumptions are so annoying and yet I eat them up every day) that leaving the life I had known for the past decade to walk into the new one would leave me with one or two (or ten) less friends. But the opposite happened and continues to happen. The support I've received has been remarkable, I don't say this lightly, I'm literally in shock but just letting go and letting it happen.

Sure, it gives me warm fuzzies, makes me grateful for the people in my life, but above all, it's showing me how good it can actually be. I had no idea, and I'm thinking I still have a lot to learn on that one...

 

Zen moment, done and done. Got to get back to work? Eh, let go for a second and take in a bit more inspiration. Don't worry, the to-do list will still be there when you get back...See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

Today's Shopping List for Him | Let's Hear It For the Boys

Happy Thursday and welcome to the latest line up of favorites, hand-picked and pulled together for your little moment of shopping therapy today. Guys, this one if for you. Five fashion finds picked out of the bunch. It's men's fashion from a female fashion industry persective. Let's get started...

1.

I love a good hoodie, and tis the season to work one into your wardrobe mix. The heathered color and seaming detail take this just a couple of levels above you're ordinary hoodie. It's the go-to piece for a pulled together weekend look. Love.

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I can't count the number of men I know with sneaker obsessions on both hands, or toes for that matter. It's kind of a thing I keep running into, so, I figured I'd just give you all one more kick to drool over, this time from Commonn Projecta. Bring on the vintage.

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A tie, like any good accessory, can totally change the look your going for. I am the girl that could stand and stare at the tie table for hours making color combinations until I go cross-eyed. I actually think it's a fashionable form of  color-therapy. I had to throw a tie into the mix sooner or later. Cue, the vintage print tie from Gianni Versace. The 'flash' is toned down and yet the print still makes a sophisticated statement. Crazy about it.

5.

Vertical stripes are a very good thing, especially in a classic, streamlined sport shirt. This textured top from Rome is a new and ridiculously flattering favorite. The clean lines tucked into the right trouser pull off an easy but incredibly on-point look for work.

source: 1. Wings + Horns Purple Zip Front Hoodie (www.ssense.com), 2. Commonn Projecta Achilles Vintage Sneakers (www.ssense.com), 3. Simon Spurr White Spread W/ Fused Grey Armband Shirt (www.forwardforward.com), 4. Gianni Versace Vintage Tie (www.farfetch.com), 5. Rome Textured Stripe Sport Shirt (www.gilt.com)

Five picks are all fine and good, but yes, as one would imagine, it takes hundreds to boil it down to the best. Even then, some of our favorites miss their cameo on the daily shopping hit list, so, we give them a home (while they last, selling out is common so watch as we update weekly) in our very own fashion habitat, the virtual StyleShaker Closet:

Time for a zen moment because nothing goes better with shopping than introspection? What? I know, deep thoughts and fashion usually don't find themselves together, and yet, here they are. Maybe it's a new trend we can start? We do love our trends... Here's the quote:

It's true. Honestly, there's not much to be said around that because the quote puts it so well.

I am lucky to have two parents that are still together and happily married. I won't say they're rainbows and sunshine all the time, but they are partners in crime and two peas in a pod. Watching them raised the bar for me and my older brother. It showed us what we should aspire to have in our own lives just by watching, observing, and seeing how they 'love.'

I can safely say that, some of my happiest moments are when I see my father being kind in the way only he knows how to my mother, and my mother giving back in the way only she can do. They speak their own language, and this quote goes both ways for mothers and fathers.

In the crazy chaos of the everyday it's important that we take a minute, a second, a breath, and see what example we're setting. We may not be able to control how other's interpret our words or actions, but we can control what we do, and when people see something that comes from a genuine sense of love, it's pretty hard to deny the warm, fuzzy feeling that usually follows.

We accept the love we think we deserve, so in a small way, when you show love to those around you,your husband, your wife, your friend, your cat, etc.  you're teaching those watching what is possible. Who knows, maybe you can help raise their bar for love...

All the lovey dovey, gushy stuff aside, if you're not done with your shopping for the day (as well you shouldn't be), keep the momentum going strong and see more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to find it.