I spend a lot of time looking researching Living Abstracts Style content, looking for new style finds and inspiration. While much of it links in some way to Pinterest and is going into building resource pages to be launched in the coming month or two, I thought it might be useful to readers to see some of the most recent finds and news. So here we go …
WEBSITE: Refinery29 - a magazine/blog style website that promises to help you live a more beautiful life. I could get lost in the content and its “How to” section is my fave, with sub-sections of I DIY, Styling Tips and What to Wear. The I-DIY section has a lot of original ideas: videos on how to make Celine-inspired knotted leather cuffs, necklaces and a Kenzo-style ribbon sweatshirt. I like the styling tips especially: one article on one piece three ways: how to pull off pastel denim (a pair of dusty pink jeans) stepped outside the regular matchy-matchy road as did 5 fresh ways to style a plain, white t-shirt (even though I am not a fan of harsh white for everyone). PS The Huarache sandals on the slide above are from Urban Outfitters (unfortunately, no longer available) and the Liberty print shorts by Thom Dolan. The What to Wear section covered everything from wedding outfits to styling blazers. If I could change one thing, it would probably be to add more content. We’re now in May, this is my first visit to the site and I was going back to October 2012 in a few clicks; if I was a regular reader (as I may become), would it be worth my while?
After I had found Refinery29 via one blog, Business of Fashion mentioned it too – talking about its future. In a couple of months, Refinery29 is going to be relaunched and rebranded, integrating commerce and content.
M&S: Business of Fashion also posted about M&S’s new clothing strategy to ‘focus on better quality and styles in womenswear, deliver more compelling and clearer sub-brands and make shopping easier in stores’ after two years of declining sales. I rather hope so. The changes are due to come into effect at Marks & Spencer from July. Fashion Editor at Large shared photographs from the new AW collection under Belinda Earl, formerly of Debenhams and Jaeger.
PINTEREST: Pinner Patricia Kiing’s My Style pinboard: a lot of pattern, many pairs of shoes and a minimalist/Scandi vibe.
SWIMWEAR: And I discovered Albion swimwear through More Design Please. US company Albion makes leisure wear including one-piece swimming costumes and bikinis, many of which have an old fashioned charm and look as they may fit all kinds of bodies.