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True Brit, Day 5: Your Royal Honeymoon April 29, 2011

Filed under: fashion,Lifestyle — Deb Johns @ 8:08 am

FOR FUN IN THE SUN: the Kate Spade hat below is cheeky and fun, and definitely matches our style mindset at Scout, irreverent & preppy; Hermes and Missoni are two fashion houses known for their colorful and printed beach towels, and we can’t pass up these mosaic fish from the former; Sisley Paris makes a variety of skincare & cosmetics, and their Soleil sans Soleil is the ultimate in self-tanners, blowing away competition with its no-fail, streak-free finish!









ACCESSORIES: Scout’s Duflex in Brittany’s Stripe is great as either a beach bag or your travel bag; the espadrilles below are both comfortable and beach chic; Smythson of Bond Street is one of the most well-known names for leather goods, in particular, for its passport carriers… we love its Crown Motif passport carrier from the magenta collection, to carry out your future-queen theme!  









FOR DROPPING TROU: for sunning in the sand or swimming in the surf, two British brands come to mind, Paul Smith and All Saints… we’ve chosen two bikini styles, one with a standout print, and the other with a standout texture and some add sparkle; All Saints’ Cortez Kaftan is the perfect piece to toss on if you get cold or endure too much sun (added bonus: you’ve got an outfit with a pair of the espadrilles above!)


True Brit, Day 4: The Paparazzi Package April 28, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:43 am

BEHIND THE SCENES: to blend in with the crowd, keep your outfit neutral up top… an American in London should honor a contemporary British label she can find in the states, like Rag & Bone; their spring collection includes colorful RTW but also neutral-hued sportswear, both of which maintain the brand’s continuos style inspiration, British menswear; Scout’s Instant Messenger Bag in Brittany’s Stripe will be the perfect cross-body bag for storing your camera and film; the Hunter Wellies below, in a lush fire-engine red, are clearly the ‘pop’ in this outfit (yet it won’t distract onlookers from the day’s amazement, the royal wedding!)










IN THE CROWD: as a spectator-turned-paparazzi, your job is to blend in with the awe-inspired crowd, so keep it ‘London loud’ with more Union Jack! ToyWatch makes a fantastic, utterly chic watch with a Union Jack face, set against a clean, crisp white wrist; Paul Smith, another British designer with contemporary encouragement, makes a fabulous 35mm camera in his signature multicolored stripe; Union Jack sunglasses and a Union Jack baseball cap are both ‘no-brainers’ for this disguise! 


True Brit, Day 3: Planning Your Party April 27, 2011

Filed under: design,fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:08 am

THE OUTFIT: as the hostess of a viewing party for Friday’s nuptials, we suggest you pander to your London-loving crowd with an edgy UK-inspired look… we love the statement-making tee below, which will pair perfectly with either pants option! for stately jewels, wear this God Save the Queen necklace, an accessory that will tie your whole look together!












FOR GRUB, PUB, & THE VIEWING HUB: opt not for tea & crumpets, but instead serve cupcakes & cocktails… Accessorize is currently celebrating William & Kate with its ‘Royal Wedding Collection’, which features a number of decorative  and useful party pieces; Royal Collection Shop and Myers of Keswick also feature fantastic hostess finds such as tableware like glass and coaster sets; when you want pop, always visit Jonathan Adler’s site for a wide range of colorful and current household & entertaining items like his needlepoint pillow, below (custom-made options, too!)






PARTY PLAYLIST & FAVORS: your running playlist should pay homage to some lates and some greats, and no musical genre housed more memorable bandmembers than rock has through the decades… our choices include greatest hits albums from the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and a compilation, The Best of British Punk; included in your commemorative sendoff to party guests (we suggest tossing rice as they exit your home), stash copies of the albums played in Scout’s Micro Deano in Brittany’s Stripe! 


True Brit, Day 2: Cheerio, Tourista! April 26, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:47 am

OUTFIT OPTIONS: keep the Union Jack kickin’ in a pair of Dr. Martens’ boots, and while you should definitely wear it on top (we are loving the ‘Royal Wedding’ shirt by Wildfox!), rep your home country with a pair of TopShop’s American flag-printed jeans! Two jacket styles leave room for choice, so decide, do you go after the full-blown red white & blue look, or maintain some subtlety with a navy trench?





 THE TOURIST SHTICK: living in the Nation’s Capital, we know a thing or two about the tourist “essentials”, what to pack and what to bring home… pack Scout’s Stow n’ Go so you can unfold and open it up at a moment’s notice; when travelling, but particularly when travelling to the UK, store a compact umbrella in your bag for those rain showers that would otherwise seem ‘unexpected’ to visitors; always take a camera with you! and bring a stylish memento home, like Butler & Wilson’s London style charm bracelet. 


True Brit, Day 1: British Bride April 25, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 11:27 am

DRESSES: for your very own “Kate moment” that is, the wedding to a prince of the UK you’ve been dreaming about all these years, opt for eye-catching styles with intricate designs in lush fabrics… as you enter Westminster Abbey, jaws will drop at the sight of your hand-picked creation!












ACCESSORIES: with all that white, fun accesories are a must, and no color shouts ‘UK’ louder than the Union Jack motif or its colors red, white, and blue… we love a bright red shoe peeking out from under your dress, and the classic elegance in the clutch at left, versus its Union Jack counterpart at right offer 2 types of clutch for the reception; Scout’s Goodie Bag in Brittany’s Stripe ill serve as the ultimate ‘odds & ends’ tote, perfect for stowing the vail!


Easter Week, Day 5: Green & White April 22, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 7:34 am

INSPIRATION #1, ELLEN: when we take turns into menswear in our day-to-day life, whether for professional style or playtime style, we owe much of this inspiration to a present-day menswear advocate, Ellen Degeneres… thankfully, by 2011 enough designers have responded to Degeneres’ sleek suit styles that they in turn have been creating more contemporary takes on menswear staples, and we are loving this idea for an Easter Sunday outfit! For this look, keep at least one piece tailored, while the rest can be slightly less structured and (somewhat) more feminine. With menswear-inspired looks, there is almost an ‘equilibrium’ from where ‘male’ encourages & ‘female’ carries out.  








INSPIRATION #2, MICHELLE: suits not (yet) your thing? We attribute much of our green envy to First Lady Michelle Obama’s brightly-colored style choices, and we adored her in the below Barbara Tfanka silk-brocade floral dress! another ‘Michelle motif’ is the cardigan, and her loyalty lies with J. Crew, which has a number of cardigans and knits for this spring; we like the white piece below, with the unexpected detail of extra pockets; the statement-making green pieces below, Dries van Noten silk-floral heels at left, and the Lotusgrace taffeta party dress at right further bolster your ‘Easter Sunday spirit’. 







GOODIES & BAG PICKS: if you haven’t yet snatched up any of the goodies that we’ve  suggested this week on Yo Deb, don’t worry: candy powerhouse Economy Candy has a sweet fix, they’re pre-made Easter basket! we reccommend stowing this big candy mountain in Scout’s Bagette Bag, which, with its two options for handles (hand-held & shoulder-slung) is the perfect tote for this Sunday display!


Easter Week, Day 4: Navy & White April 21, 2011

Filed under: fashion — Deb Johns @ 8:43 am

INSPIRATION: take casual cues from Reese Witherspoon for Easter if you’re not going to a fancy church or brunch; that said, stripes still feature totally elegant elements, as featured below, particularly with decisive stripes; hint hint, black & white is just as eye-catching as navy & white, which we’ve tucked into the line-up of dresses below… can you spot the navy & white vs. the black & white styles?













SHOES: if you’re going after casual, try on a pair of slightly dressier shoes, and not necessarily a pump! …flats and kitten heels give just the right amount of ladlike ‘pop’ that you might want out of your Easter ensemble… if it’s a sunny Sunday, toss a hat in your bag or on your head to wear during church and on the way to brunch!





GOODIES: today’s goodies are brought to you by Dylan Lauren of Dylan’s Candy Bar… she’s certainly a reigning ‘queen of candy’ amongst other likeminded NYC candy outposts (our other fave, Economy Candy!); Scout’s Gift Bag in Brittany’s Stripe is quite possibly the perfect accessory for toting Dylan’s Easter treats… a colorful bag outside with colorful goodies inside!



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