Friday, April 18, 2014

Shoppe Spotlight: Topshop

Looking for an interesting new place to shop? Then look no further with the leading UK brand Topshop. Described as "the style setter and star of your wardrobe" this boutique has it all- bags, cosmetics, dresses, etc. Topshop was founded in 1964 as part of a department store chain before opening its first stand alone store in 1970. The main flagship in Oxford Circus, London is a must see if you find yourself sojourning this summer in the UK. Not crossing the pond anytime soon? Don't worry! Check out one of the four locations in the US, especially the flagship on Broadway in New York City! Other locations include Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Atlanta (coming in 2015!). Not near any of these locations? Many Nordstrom stores also carry the Topshop line.
For you dedicated fashion week followers Topshop even holds its own show as the only high street brand who's dedicated to setting the latest trends. Check out their latest show at London Fashion Week here.
Check out their latest Kate Moss collection as well as their Spring/Summer 2014 advertisements below and let us know what you think!
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Legendary Kate Moss has paired with Topshop for an exclusive collection. Check it out here!
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The Versace Vitello Handbag would easily complete this club look.
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Satchel handbags are the epitome of elegance. Check out our Gucci Beige and Brown handbag here to help you achieve this mod look!
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Our Burberry Haymarket handbag would accent this spring dress beautifully. What do you think?
Shopping for him? Be sure to check out their men's line Topman!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

McDouble-Take: Moschino Delivers Fast Fashion

Sure, fashion week has come and gone since February and I might be a tad late reporting this, but what's that old saying? Better late than never?
Moschino has created quite the hype lately since debuting their rather odd, but super successful, Fall/Winter 2014 line. Designer Jeremy Scott unveiled a McDonald's inspired collection described by Tim Blank of Style.com as "a mutant hybrid of Ronald McDonald and Coco Chanel." Several pieces sold out within weeks and have even been spotted on celebrities like Katy Perry. Even I have to admit that the play on the popular fast-food chain has a tasty kick to it. Ironic fashion pieces were thought to be on the way out but clearly some obvious ingenuity is all it takes to order up a new opinion. Check out the collection below and let us know what you think. Would you wear any of these pieces?
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Over twenty billion served? I cannot wait to be next in line. The ketchup red is satiating my stylish appetite.
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Look at those sunglasses! I'm loving the heart shape shades with the outlining kick of mustard yellow. Need a pair of sunglasses for spring? Check out a previous post surveying the latest shades for spring here or head on over to our website Queen Bee of Beverly Hills and check out our collection of sunglasses and handbags.
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This bag deserves to be served on a platter. It is just too delicious and very reminiscent of the iconic quilted Chanel chain handbags. Check out our similar Red Prada Tessuto Quilted Handbag and let us know what you think!
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Do you think Katy Perry delivers an appetizing look? Hungry for more Moschino? Head on over to Queen Bee and check out our Moschino collection here.
XXXO.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Model Monday: Grace Bol

Diversity is important to us here at Queen Bee of Beverly Hills and thankfully fashion and designers alike have all become much more open about the models they represent and feature. Personally, I like writing about models because it helps me stay knowledgeable about who is within the world of fashion but I mostly enjoy seeing the exotic variety that life offers in the human form. Recently I dedicated a post to I-D magazines "A-Z of pronunciation" video (if you missed it check out the post here) and I was particularly struck by one model in particular.  Sudanese-American beauty Grace Bol educated this author on the proper pronunciation of Balmain (bal-mahn) and Herm├Ęs (air-mez) while remaining stunning and charming with only a matter of seconds. With her smooth onyx complexion and dazzling facial features I became elated over discovering a new model to indulge in and the research delivered to my expectations!
Grace Bol was born in Sudan, Africa, and primarily spent a large time growing up around her grandmother before moving to Kansas City, Missouri at a very young age. Throughout her younger years she focused on sports and other athletic activities but many saw her potential as a model, often encouraging her to pursue the profession. Bol, however, was not as open to the idea as others were but eventually entered an open casting call at a mall for a local agency. Undeniably, Bol was selected among thousands of other girls but was ultimately dropped by the agency because her look was too "high fashion" for them and urged her to pursue a career in New York. What a way to be dismissed by an agency, huh?
Bol made her debut in Fall 2011's New York Fashion Week walking for legendary designer Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood, and was a contender for a spot in Givenchy's campaign. Bol is now currently represented by 5 different agencies in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. She is clearly a stunning human being in both the physical and spiritual forms because she is unafraid of posing nude and is primarily focused on providing relief work for her home country of Sudan.
Check out some of her work below and let us know what you think. Do you have a suggestion for our next Model Monday-- be sure to leave us a comment and we just might feature them!
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Bol featured in Kenzo's Pre-Fall 2014 lookbook. I would love to see her in this outfit with our Prada Quilted Chain Handbag.
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Bol walking for Thom Browne during February 2014 New York Fashion Week. 
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Recently featured in Vogue's Let's Get Physical campaign. Doesn't she make you want to break a sweat?
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Perfect in pastels for Marie Claire. Our Pink Fendi Wristlet would go great with either outfit. What do you think?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Made for Shade: Sunglasses for Spring!

Without a doubt this Winter has been brutal and unpredictable. All of us here at Queen Bee of Beverly Hills could not be happier that Spring has finally started to stroll in. The warmer weather here is starting to welcome shorts, sunglasses, and sandals which are perhaps my favorite seasonal wardrobe transitions. It seems absolutely fitting to start your weekend off with a personal selection of our premium designer sunglasses so you can start your Spring with a stylish step into the sunny forecasts ahead. Don't forget to stop and take in the blooming foliage around you and soak up a bit of sun!
Check out our selection below and don't forget to leave a comment letting us know what you think.
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For those of you who like them big and round then I suggest the Gucci Rhinestone and Bamboo Sunglasses. They're perfect for when you want to take that Spring stroll and would go great with our Prada Tessuto Crossbody!
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If you enjoy a feline frame, then I suggest our Fendi Classic Havanna with a slight cat-eye angle and soft blue that is sure to accent any skin tone. How about pairing it with our Gucci GG Twin Canvas Handbag?
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Prefer square frames? No problem. Check out our Moschino Brown Square Rhinestone sunglasses. These would go great when paired with our Gucci Web Duffel in brown. Check it out!
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Anyone who appreciates aviators will love this Gucci frame. For a casual brunch or a quick trip to the supermarket, we suggest storing them in our YSL Large Logo Tote. Don't be afraid to make a statement!
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If you prefer larger lenses here is an alternative to oval frames. The strong square frames make these red Gucci Square sunglasses a real eye catcher and can complete any look. Synchronize your style with this red Burberry Mini Blaze Crossbody.
What style of frames do you prefer? What do you think of the selections we've picked out for you? As always, have a great weekend and thank you so much for reading!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shoppe Spotlight: Shanghai Tang

The one aspect I love the most about fashion is the endless array of shoppes to choose from. Nothing gets me more excited than a new boutique filled with posh pieces and unique styles. It is like hearing a new song for the first time and the entire experience is pure harmony. Granted, not every new place you walk into will be a match made in heaven but there is always potential in the unknown and any skilled shopper knows that finding the best pieces all rests in the patience of the hunt. For most people, shopping is a sport that requires dedication to achieving the best deals as well as the ability to scour the store for hidden gems. When the day is done, nothing is more rewarding than unloading your treasures and reviewing your purchases as you begin to outline outfits from your current closet.
My goal is to introduce you to international boutiques that are worth buying from so you can achieve the perfect look. My first dedication goes to Hong Kong's Shanghai Tang. The brand was founded in 1994 by David Tang and his main goal was to rejuvenate Chinese fashion from the 1920's and 1930's. A true taste of the orient, the patterns are crisp and decadent. The dragon motif is a personal favorite of mine and I am beyond excited to experience their flagship this summer on my very own trip to Hong Kong. For us Americans, however, we have to settle with the online store which is simple and easy to navigate.
I urge you all to check out the website and let us know what you think! Check out some of my favorite pieces below and, as always, leave us your thoughts.
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My personal favorite is the Double Happiness silk scarf. Check out our Scarves and Neckties over at Queen Bee of Beverly Hills and let us know what you think! 
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In their latest lookbook, Shanghai Tang fuses power and femininity into a chic ensemble suitable for day and night. We think this Studded Miu Miu Wristlet would add an extra punch to this powerful outfit.
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Jewel tones like Jade help make a stunning statement. Keeping up with precious stones and metals, why not pair it with our Gucci Gold Bag?
Do you know of an excellent boutique to feature? Let us know in the comments below and we just might feature it in an upcoming post!

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