LIVING IN A MATERIAL WRLD

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April 16, 2014 MW Mixtape: April Flowers (Please No Showers)

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LISTEN NOW——->  APRIL FLOWERS (please no showers) by MATERIAL WRLD 

//Track List//

  1. Say You’ll Be There by MØ
  2. Boyfriend by Best Coast
  3. See by Tycho
  4. West Coast by Lana Del Ray
  5. Sweet Ophelia by Zelia Day
  6. Warpath by Ingrid Michaelson
  7. Fever by The Black Keys
  8. Partition by Beyonce
  9. It Girl by Pharrell Williams
  10. Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage
  11. Cough Syrup (Ra Ra Riot Remix) by Young the Giant
  12. Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub
  13. My SIlver Lining by First Aid Kit
  14. Red Eye by Kid Cudi/Haim
April 14, 2014 HOW TO: 10 Tips For Wearing Shoes Without Socks

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You arrive dressed in full spring outfit amazingness to your friends’ dinner party and then the dreaded question comes…”Hey, would you mind taking off your shoes?” WHAT?!

You’ve got your favorite flats on, and you know what is to come upon removal. That sweet sweet smell of no-sock season is here…and you’re horrified. ::Cue praying that the host is serving cabbage salad, french onion soup, or something containing kimchi::

 Have no fear, this doesn’t have to be you, and no, you don’t have to resort to wearing only shoes that accommodate no-show socks.

Yes, we’re getting intimate here, just commit. 

 1) It’s Time For Insoles: This might sound like something your parents would’ve suggested, but really, insoles can change your world. Not only can they control odor but when they wear out, toss them, invest another $5, and instantly renew your shoes. Buy the cut-to-size option and secure the bottom side with a little Hollywood Fashion Tape and you’re set to go!

 2) Metallics…Back for Spring and Summer: Here’s a very shiny trick…silver shoe linings contain actual silver in them and inhibit the growth of the bacteria that emit odors. Try Silver Linings by Chu Shu NY. 

 3) Freeze Out: Remember talking about why putting your jeans in the freezer was a good idea? Same reasoning applies here. Kill odors and bacteria by leaving shoes overnight, right next to those leftovers (from that one time you cooked) that you SWORE you would reheat someday. Just a tip though, throw the shoes in a large plastic Ziploc bag beforehand to prevent sidewalk germs from making a home in your freezer. 

 4) Spin Cycle: If your shoes are made of canvas or another water-safe material, throw them in the washer with some mild detergent. If the insert is removable, separate it and throw it into the same wash cycle. Let them sit (outside if possible), and make sure they are bone dry before the next wear.

5) Powder…Not Just For Your Face This Spring: Baby powder, talcum powder, or Gold Bond should be part of your footwear routine during warm months. It’ll help keep moisture from being produced in the first place. And no, Laura Mercier does not make foot powder…YET.

 6) Don’t Blame Your Shoes: Ladies, we spend endless amounts of time researching obscure Japanese hair oil treatments (oh is that just me?)…but we don’t pay enough attention to our own feet in the shower. Grab a bar of anti-microbial soap and scrub away. Warm water and rogue shampoo suds are just not enough!

 7) Switch Up Your Deodorant Routine: Yes, we are going to put some THERE. Swipe the bottoms of your feet with a stick of deodorant (let’s invest in a separate stick from your underarm routine) to stay fresh and dry all day long. 

8) Go On A Break: Take day or three breaks with your footwear, not only will you give them time to breathe, but you’ll make the best use of your growing shoe closet. 

9) Get Back To Nature: While these are usually reserved for our male counterparts, we’ve gotta steal a tip from the gents…cedar shoe trees are a great answer for footwear woes. Not only do they deodorize and wick away moisture, but they also help floppy shoes retain their shape. 

10) Know When To Say Goodbye: We know it’s hard, but sometimes, it’s time to get rid of a pair rather than try to revive. If the investment of time and potential embarrassment costs more than a new pair, it might be time to ditch the old and get shopping. 

For more helpful tips on how to renew your closet for instant shopping funds, visit us at Material Wrld, HERE. 

April 11, 2014
April 10, 2014 WHEN TO THRIFT AND WHEN TO TRADE IN
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//To help in organizing your life and helping with the dreaded closet-cleanout, here are some more helpful tips for when to mail/trade-in your goods with Material Wrld, and when it’s best to take your items on over to your neighborhood thrift shop! //

When to Thrift: 
  • If you’ve got a closet full of mass market treasures like J. Crew, Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara.
  • Get higher payouts for denim names like J. Brand and Current Elliott…they’re gems in a sea of GAP jeans at a thrift store!

  • If you’ve got leggings and tees from higher-end contemporary brands to get rid of, thrift is your best outlet.
  • Vintage items gain higher ticket values at thrift stores where shoppers are looking for both new and vintage finds.

  • Your options are endless as thrift stores have no limits on what brands they accept, so if you need to get rid of a wide variety of merchandise, thrifting can be the best avenue.
When to Trade-In:
  • If you’ve got specialty denim from brands like Rag and Bone, A.P.C., and Acne…trade-in is your best value as these limited runs of product retain high resale values and are highly sought after. 
  • Your best bet when trading-in contemporary fashions from brands like Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, A.L.C., and Tibi are in the dresses and tops categories.

  • When you have in-season merchandise (or the coming season), expect higher payouts and get the most value for your trade-ins. 
  • Just one benefit of trading-in is that we sell to a much wider audience looking for particular brands and items, whereas thrift retailers are highly driven by location trends and the habits of their local customers. (i.e. your A.P.C. jacket may be lost in translation in the rural midwest).

  • Don’t waste your highest-end designer items on thrift stores where your last season Prada will be hung in between your grandma’s sweater and an Old Navy tank top. Huge payouts can come from designer trade-ins like Celine, The Row, & Givenchy.
  • Are your items pretty recent purchases? The closer your items are to the current season, the higher the payouts from trading-in, especially within 5 years or less.

  • We know you’re busy and the last thing you want to do in your off-duty hours is to trek to the thrift or consignment shop and wait for an appraisal. Trading-in with Material Wrld is so easy, you don’t even have to leave the house and all the rest is handled via your inbox…even your instant gift card payouts!

Request a FREE KIT today from Material Wrld and say hello to instant shopping funds. 

April 9, 2014 1 note Dream Closet: Cara Delevingne

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Do not call CARA DELEVINGNE an ” IT GIRL”. Don’t compare her to past icons. Don’t describe her as the “next big thing”. You’ll be on her bad-side pretty quickly, that way. And we can’t totally blame her…because she truly is, just Cara. 

A great conundrum of a human…brash, impossibly irreverent, yet totally modelesque, and devoted to her family and friends. In an interview with Style.com, she reveals that she sees herself as more of an actress than anything else, even when she’s modeling. But modeling is not the be-all, end-all for Ms. Delevingne…no, she’s now implanted herself firmly in the world of acting and soon, the music industry…backed up by the one and only, Pharrell Williams. 

Williams tells the Standard UK: 

“I think Cara is much bigger than everyone’s expectations. There are whispers out there about music and movies, but I think at the end of the day, what people should focus in on is not these specific projects, but on her spirit.”….“Because trust me - the films will only get better, the parts only get bigger, the music only gets better, the modeling only gets better. But her spirit is becoming refined and she’s becoming refined and it’s another chapter in her life. We’re happy to say this is family now. So there’s going to be some really cool things.”

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Her off-duty style (and trust us, she’s rarely off-duty considering she’s the most sought after face in the industry) is ever-changing, and just like her personality, you’ll never know what to expect. If we could guess why we can’t get enough of Cara, it would be that she’s 100% herself at all times. She’s the goofy girl who also happens to be exceptionally stunning, and who knew that we could feel aspirational about brows?

But the most inviting and inspiring thing about her is, that she just doesn’t seem to care about all the hype. She’s too busy being Cara.

Cara Delevingne on what’s important:

“That’s the important thing you need in this business, good family and friends. It really is.”

To read an exceptional interview with Cara, check out Style.com HERE. To learn how to get your own Dream Closet, visit us HERE.

***Photos courtesy of We Heart It

April 8, 2014 New and Next: TOTALLY 80’s UPDATE

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We couldn’t believe our ears when word on the street was the totally 80’s trend of denim skirts were coming back this season. Immediately, we were washed over with bad memories of acid wash, pleated fronts, and tragic styling choices…and oh, the hairspray. 

But have no fear Material Wrld readers, yes the trend is back, but with a lot less aerosol and a lot more simplicity. The new crop of denim skirts this season seems to be sleek and dare we say, a sophisticated option for any well-balanced wardrobe. The silhouettes are slimmer than their 80’s counterparts and are offered in your classic shapes: pencil, mini, and midi…all in grown-up washes that flatter. 

So go forth, and channel your inner Madonna…just go with caution and beware of the white boot pairing shown above. 

April 7, 2014 Closet Close Up: Morgan Marquis
//Closet Close-Up is a recurring feature where we take a second to dig into the closets of our most fashionable MATERIAL WRLD clients. We’ll be dishing about all things fashion, beauty, and of course we’ll let them air some of their dirty laundry. //

Today’s Closet Close Up features Morgan Marquis, an event marketing specialist from Bedminster, NJ. 

MW: You described your style to us as: “Edgy, elevated, layered, and comfortable”…So if you could be the muse of any designer, who would you choose and why?
MM: Alexander Wang because I love his clean, edgy aesthetic that will transition me from my 20’s into my future. His designs are somehow simultaneously on trend while being effortless and timeless.
 
MW: As an event marketer, you must have to always look your best and present yourself in the best light, what’s your can’t live without beauty secret?
MM: Wash your face every night! And your skin is only going to be as good as what you put inside your body so eat lots of fruits and veggies!
 
MW: Those are some pretty good tips and we agree on the fruits and veggies…but what about when you want a good splurge? What does that look like for you?
MM: Scandal and a big bowl of pasta.

MW: Olivia Pope is obviously also eating her fruits and veggies. (laughing). So tell us, what is your idea of a big style faux-pax?
MM: Thinking that something that looks amazing on a stranger has to look amazing on me. I love wedge sneakers and baseball jackets on the streets but that doesn’t mean that I have to participate.  I continually go to similar shapes, colors and styles because I’ve learned what works for my body and what I feel comfortable in.
 
MW: Amen sister! We know you probably already have a BFF lined up, but if you could have a famous bestie, who would you choose (so you could raid her closet, of course)?
MM: Olivia Palermo’s closet must be INSANE!!! But who doesn’t want to be besties with Jennifer Lawrence?!
 
MW: We’re also HUGE J-Law fans around the MW office…the woman can do no wrong. What’s your favorite way to relax and take care of yourself?
MM: Bi-weekly manicures and pedicures. I just feel better about myself being perfectly polished. But nothing beats going on walks with my boyfriend and our French Bulldog, Ozzie!
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MW: From your newly acquired Material Wrld funds, any plans for pieces you’ve got your eye on?
MM: I’m putting my funds towards Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist heels, a PilyQ coverup and Marysia bikini for my upcoming trip to Cabo with my sisters! I treat myself to one good beach look a year and this will be my go-to for all my vacations this summer. And do I really need a reason for new shoes? Didn’t think so :)

Morgan on her Material Wrld experience:
"Overall, I think Material Wrld has a great concept that is only going to improve with experience!"
To get your hands on instant gift cards and to clean out your closet, visit Material Wrld and get your free mail-in kit today.
April 4, 2014 2 notes Our Version of March Madness!

Admittedly, sports are not our forte, but we can’t ignore the attention that March Madness gets, and though we’re more well-versed in Marni than Marcus Paige, we thought we’d get in on the fun…in our own MW way. Just think…if our top brands were pitted up against each other in an all-out brand matchup, who’d come out on top?

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We were pretty surprised with our own results, and the competition was no less than fierce. Previously our version of Cinderella stories involved singing mice, but this time the real Cinderella stories were that some of our smaller brands killed their big-time designer competition. 

For example in the first round of MW's March Madness, Elizabeth and James immediately yanked YSL out of the competition, as well as Joie obliterating Prada that initial round. It must’ve been their youthful vitality, but The Sweet 16 was swept by contemporary brands and surprisingly put the classics in their place. Maje held out strong, only to be defeated in the end my Miu Miu, escaping the Final 4 by a hair. 

Our Final 4 resulted in a head-to-head shoot out by: Miu Miu, Alexander Wang, Celine, and Helmut Lang. 

And the 2014 Material Wrld March Madness Brand Champion is….Helmut Lang! 

Now, we know this is just all fun and games, but seriously…can someone make this happen?

Cheers to our reigning champs, Helmut Lang… until next year’s madness begins again!

April 3, 2014 Have you signed up for our trade-in kit?

April 2, 2014 WHAT’S NEW + HOT THIS MONTH AT MATERIAL WRLD

// Each month in our “What’s NEW + HOT at MW”, we highlight our newly-accepted designers and also some brands + types of items we are hunting down at the moment (i.e. higher trade-in value items). 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 spring pieces you’ve been eyeing.//

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New to MW:

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For our March trade-in’s, we are especially looking to accept items within these categories, but of course all items are welcome as long as they are in good condition and exist on our accepted brand list:

Request a free Material Wrld kit  and get that spring shopping funded!

** Photos courtesy of Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3, Shopbop, Saks, and Style.com