There’s no place more committed to fun than New Orleans, but today, we’re highlighting that NOLA isn’t all hurricane cocktails and benigets. There’s serious shopping to be had!
Take a peek at our 3 favorite NOLA shopping destinations and our favorite spot to have a lunch break:
Brand Favorites: ALC, DVF, and Vince
MW Insider Tip: What’s better than combining the trifecta of clothes, shoes, and beauty in one place? Not only does Angelique stock the hottest designers (both clothing and shoes), but they also feature the Tisa Beauty Bar, conveniently located in the middle of the store. Now there’s some major relaxation.
Where: 7725 Maple St New Orleans, LA 70118
Brand Favorites: Tibi, Milly, and Trina Turk
MW Insider Tip: Azby’s not only is a destination of its own right, it also lives on one the most fashionable streets in NOLA. Check out the rest of Magazine St. while you pop into this fabulously chic shop.
Where: 5531 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115 (504)-895-1311
Brand Favorites: Theory, Clover Canyon, and Mara Hoffman
MW Insider Tip: Pick up a couple pieces of custom jewelry from owner Sanja’s native country of Bosnia while you’re shopping the ultimate in designer fashions.
Where: 725 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 522-8687
Menu Favorites: Bread Pudding Souffle, Fried Pork Belly, and the Turtle Soup
MW Insider Tip: We here at Material Wrld always love a good deal…especially when it clears up shopping funds. Our favorite thing about Commander’s Place is their daily 25 cent martini lunch. Yes, you heard that right. We think that in and of itself might be worth the plane ticket to NOLA.
Where: 1403 Washington Ave New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 899-8221
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//Shopping new is always compelling to us here at Material Wrld, but helping keep your garments in good condition is almost equally important. With our “How To” series, we share our clothing care knowledge with you MW gals…and today, we’re unlocking the secrets of keeping your swimsuits in perfect condition from beach to bungalow.//
8 Quintessential Swimsuit Care Tips + Tricks:
// RETAIL THERAPY: We started Material Wrld because we thought the clothing resale process could get so much easier, but more importantly…we love to shop “new” sans the guilt. For this week’s Retail Therapy, we’re clicking our way on over to Shopbop to share our favorite new shopping trend. //
Sunshine means sun dress time. There’s no fashion decision easier than popping on an ultra-pretty and flowy sun dress on a sizzling summer day. If you’re fearful about going too far with a “festival” look (read, Coachella vibes), have no fear ladies…we’ve picked a range of sun dresses that run the style-gamut from modern to boho. These picks can take you from a lunch meeting to a post-work dinner date with a quick accessory and shoe swap. Some of our very favorite new sun dresses also luckily happen to be selling quickly at one of our gift card retailers, Shopbop.
Who ever expected a young British girl with a severe stutter to end up taking Hollywood by storm…not to mention eventually marrying everyone’s boy next door crush, John Krasinski?! Well, it’s all unfolded quite nicely for Emily Blunt, and she happens to be one of our major lady crushes, here at MW. Not only is she ultimately gorgeous with a discerning style eye, but she seems as lighthearted and likable as any of our favorite gal pals. Let’s just say, we think we’d get along swimmingly over Sunday morning bloody’s.
Blunt always chooses understated yet glamorous ensembles, often highlighting her natural beauty and thin but fit figure. And it just so happens that her off-duty fashion is just as envy-worthy as her red carpet looks. She favors brands like Isabel Marant, Rachel Comey, Alasdair, and Hatch to line her closet…one we’d raid in two seconds flat. Her beauty profile is simple long hair (have you ever seen a woman that can rock every single hair color that well?) that boasts a natural bed-head vibe, with a light smokey eye and frequently a perfectly executed nude lip.
Take a look below at some of our favorite Emily Blunt looks, and to read more, check out her end-of-pregnancy story with Vogue from April 2014, HERE.
“I like to make simple choices with what I wear, and I like to look like me”- As told to Vogue by Emily Blunt
To be on your way to your very own Dream Closet, trade in your past season goods with Material Wrld…for more info, check us out HERE.
BBQ and ice-cold cocktails are not the only way to celebrate the 4th this year. We’re serving up a celebratory toast to 3 of our favorite American designers as our own Material Wrld ode to America.
Leave it to us to find more reasons to shop…
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG: DVF is as American as it gets…and this year, the brand heralded their 40th anniversary of being a leading fashion empire. As part of their ongoing year of celebration, the DVF awards took place to honor extraordinary women in the world, doing influential work for the global community. Honorees included: Cameroonian political leader Kah Walla, Israeli community leader Liron Peleg-Hadomi, Arab educator Noha Khatieb, Alicia Keys and Gloria Steinem. Another landmark for the DVF brand this year was the introduction of Google Glass by Diane Von Furstenberg…a luxury line of Google glasses sold at Net-a-Porter, you can get your hands on a pair, HERE.
THE ROW: Nothing seems to slow the growth of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson’s luxury fashion brand, The Row. The marketplace can’t get enough, so this year they introduced the first storefront in the company’s history, making their home on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Did we mention there’s a pool in the boutique’s courtyard? To add to their continued success, the dynamic duo just were crowned Accessory Designers of the Year by the CFDA, which will sit nicely next to their 2012 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award on the shelf.
BAND OF OUTSIDERS: Scott Sternberg’s preppy aesthetic is all the rage in the fashion world, and his contemporary brand Band of Outsiders just happens to also be a favorite of us here at Material Wrld. This year, not only is BoO going to be a closet must have, but also, you’re gonna need to snag one of their limited edition Starbucks mugs for your kitchen. We also have some good news for our NYC readers…Band of Outsiders is currently making their first foray into the retail world, with a new Soho storefront opening in Mid-July. To add insult to injury (of our wallets, that is), Band of Outsiders is also releasing a new footwear collection, to be available in stores this Fall!
Yay America! Now, head on over to Material Wrld to earn gift cards to shop. What’s more patriotic than that?!
We’re constantly improving and refining the trade-in process…
New for July, you can now either request a free kit from us per usual, OR (::drumroll::) … we’ll come to you.
Yes, you read that right.
This month we’re introducing a limited-time service, Material Wrld Valet.
What’s Material Wrld Valet?
How do I book an appointment?
What happens now?
It really can’t get more simple than that, and we won’t judge you if you’re still in your PJ’s.
// Each month in our “What’s NEW MW”, we highlight our newly-accepted designers we are hunting down at the moment. We’re always adding to our “accepted brand list" here at MW, expanding the range of items you can trade-in. Basically, this means a cleaner closet and more funds to get those new warm-weather pieces you’ve been eyeing.//
New to MW for July:
Remember these tips when trading in at Material Wrld:
Happy Trading!!! Request your free MW kit, HERE.
We here at Material Wrld know full-well that style doesn’t stop at your wardrobe. Who doesn’t want to look fresh-faced and pulled together, even during the melting hot temps of summer? We’ve decoded the above ultra sweet + sultry beauty look so beating the heat just got a little easier…and more stylish.
STEP ONE: Start with a fully moisturized face, with your concealment and base of choice. We recommend a light mineral face powder and light concealer (the less the better).
STEP TWO: Begin by sweeping the NARS bronzer directly under the cheekbones, down the center of the nose, and on either side of your forehead to create contour in all the right places. (See skinny summer face)
STEP THREE: Next, gently apply your BECCA Beach Tint to the apples and cheekbones to highlight and add the perfect summer glow.
STEP FOUR: Now we all know that brows are the numero uno on importance for what’s hot in beauty so with an easy hand, sweep on your Anastasia brow powder into the brows and brush in an upward motion to achieve an incredibly chic full-brow.
STEP FIVE: Use your NARS Galapagos eyeshadow and dust your lid from lashline to crease and then lightly line the lower lashline as well to create a slightly smoked bronze look.
STEP SIX: Mascara. Always, mascara. We recommend Lancome Hypnose in Black.
STEP SEVEN: Finish the look with a generous dose of this punchy coral YSL lipcolor for a popsicle-stained lip that’s oh-so-summer.
For more style tips, visit us at MATERIAL WRLD, here.
It’s here ladies.
Bikini season is in full swing and if you’re anything like us here at Material Wrld, you’ve been juicing, gymming, and de-carbing to get ready to hit the sand. That being said, there’s nothing that gets us more motivated to spin our hearts out than some new workout duds. Acquiring the right gear for your workouts, whether that means Crossfit, spin class, or getting your OHMMM… on in yoga class, is half the battle of beating the summer swim season into submission. And luckily for you, there’s no need to sacrifice style during your workouts.
We’ve picked out some of our favorite pieces from our gift card retailers Shopbop and Bloomingdale’s that will help you kill it in the gym, and are so pretty, you’ll sport these styles to post-workout brunch with the girls.
And in case fashion inspiration wasn’t enough to get you motivated, we have an exclusive promo for Swerve Fitness. Sign up with code materialwrld14 until 7/8/14 to get 20% off your ride.