The British invasion continues with today's launch of AndOtherBrands.com, a new online retail destination that allows you to shop three of the UK's most beloved high-street brands: Oasis, Warehouse, and Coast. Previously, you could find select styles on ASOS, but now you've got a real lay of the land. Oasis and Warehouse offer up a fun mix of this season's boldest prints, slick espadrille wedges, pastel-hued topper, and ladylike frocks. Meanwhile, Coast is your go-to spot for dresses, perfect for Summer wedding fare. With price points that won't break the bank and a splash of London's cool-girl ethos at your shopping finger tips, what's not to love? Click through to see our top 10 picks and shop your favorites.
Artist Carole Smith, her husband Sean Flournoy and their four kitty friends live in a fun, colorful warehouse in Houston, TX. Carole, who hails from Scotland, runs McCheek’s Academy, where she teaches children and adults ceramics. She also sells her cool ceramics under the name McCheek’s Mayhem. Next door to their house, Sean runs Throttle Tees out of a warehouse where Carole has her kiln and ceramics studio.
Carole says," We have lived in our house for six years and have ideas all the time about making improvements, but it's fairly slow going, it’s a work in progress. We are both into making things and arts and crafts, so there is always something going on, and not always time to work on renovations. We live in a very eclectic, mostly residential area which has had a lot of development recently." Let's take a tour of their home!
Kate Middleton caused major excitement yesterday when she hit High Street stores — clad in a black Issa dress and tan kitten heels — to pick up summery pieces worthy of, ahem, a vacation or perhaps a honeymoon, if one were just married. Regardless of why Kate was in the market for Summer clothes, on the eve of her royal wedding, it's nice to see her out shopping like a normal person. At Warehouse, she picked dresses with tropical prints, and according to the Daily Mail, at Peter Jones she chose a pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses, and blue and white trousers and a yellow top from Whistles. She even hit up a London outpost of Banana Republic, although the retailer refuses to divulge any details. What are your honeymoon essentials?
>> Maxi dresses come in all colors and sizes but we're especially loving the ones that hit right above the ankle. Take cue from this street-snapped, Janis Joplin-channeling groovy girl, and rock a black version with a cool printed jacket, wedge boots, and funky jewels from Aldo, Forever 21, and Warehouse. And, don't forget to top off your look with a trilby hat from Nixon.
Left to right: Warehouse Knitted Maxi Dress ($52, originally $86), Forever 21 Silver Stud Necklace ($7), Nixon Trilby Hat ($30), ASOS Stone Ring ($26), Aldo Billie Wedge ($110), Vila Waterfall Frill Animal Print Blazer ($41, originally $52)
Photo courtesy of the lookbook.nu
New York's "Warmer When Occupied" is a sneak peek into the TriBeCa home of architect Diana Kellogg and husband writer-director Neil Burger (Interview With the Assassin, The Illusionist). And, when I say "home," I mean a former cold storage warehouse. The couple had their eye on the place for years, "drawn to the mysterious qualities of the street and the house,” and finally jumped on it in 2001.
Though a warehouse conversion is not uncommon these days, preserving its history is. In warehouse neighborhoods around the country, especially in New York, historic buildings are being transformed into distant semblances of themselves, looking more like a W Hotel than the remains of yesteryear. In this case, the couple opted to "preserve traces of how the building functioned,” rather than fighting it. They held onto to small details like "the drill holes for the hoist," as well as the open-floor plan of the space, setting kitchen appliances on the walls, rather than centered around an island. And not only did they preserve these features, they also made note of them; play swings for the children hang from hooks welded to the building’s steel support beams.
Our network partner, Kingdom Of Style, reported on a burning desire for a waistcoat from Warehouse. Being that we are in New York, and Kingdom Of Style writes from London, we thought it appropriate to present some stateside options. The waistcoat epitomizes a dressed up gentlemen's look for women and in towns such as these, where the obvious option is the 'little black' whatever, adding a tailored garment can make all the difference. Waistcoat, in case you haven't noticed, is 'vest' in the King's English. Generally speaking, waistcoats are tailored where a vest can encompass everything from oversized knits to suede tassled versions. As a general rule, if it makes you stand a little bit taller and it's sleeveless, you're wearing a waistcoat. If it's embroidered with a Christmas tree and worn by your favorite 5th grade math teacher, it's a vest. Below we've found waistcoats from the likes of Rag & Bone, Todd Lynn Jackson, and McQ.