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  • Film & Fashion Buzz: Magic Mike

    Synopsis: “Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

    -- (C) Warner Bros.”


    Flashing lights, bursts of neon, studs and sequins... the women in this film exhibit either laid back or 'costume' style. Have fun with it!


    Clockwise from top left: RED Valentino Ruffled Leather Jacket; American Eagle AE Tied Corset; TopShop Petite Studded Bralet; The Row Cookton Textured Leather Biker Jacket; RED Valentino Lace Short; Veda Soul Neon Green Ellen Pump; Riley Keough in the film; Windsor Neon Pink Peep Toe Heels; Opening Ceremony Lace Shorts.

  • Film & Fashion Buzz: Rock of Ages

    Synopsis: “Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. -- (C) Warner Bros


    Tutu dresses have had a recent resurgence most notably featured in various brights at high school proms... Rock of Ages is set during the time when this dress style first burst on the scene, and here we are, realizing that they never really left (thanks Madonna!)


    Clockwise from top left: ASOS Petite Exaggerated Tutu Dress; Proenza Schouler Jean Jacket; Rag & Bone Denim Jacket with Leather Sleeves; The Battallion Racer Ballerina Dress; Valentino Ruffled Lace-Up Biker Boot; Falke Net Thigh High Tights; DKNY Fishnet Tights; Giuseppe Zanotti Crushed Calfskin Biker Boots.

  • Wednesday Obsessions: a Spotlight on Newport for the America's Cup

    Yo Deb readers, welcome to the tenth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!


    -Between June 23rd and July 1st, if you're in the Northeast try to visit Newport, RI while it hosts the America's Cup World Series... It's the last stop for the competitors so it will no doubt be a party! Take along some SCOUT from our Newport-inspired and nautical-themed navy & coral story: we chose the Original Deano in Barbara Stripesand Coral, the Pleasure Chest in Barbara Stripesand Coral and the Totes Ma Goat in Indigo Go.


    -Stay at (option 1), the Castle Hill Inn – the ultimate Newport hotel; then dine at the Castle Hill Inn’s restaurant and watch the boats come in after a day on the water!

    -Stay at (option 2), the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, which houses all the comforts of home in colorful decor found throughout the space.


    -One iconic Newport restaurant is without question the Black Pearl - come here for great service in an easygoing and social atmosphere - the perfect spot to casually unwind!

    -According to one of our Newport resources, "Maison de Coco is a fabulous spot for couture chocolates and the most incredible hot chocolate known to man." OK, we can get behind that!

    -Eat at Tallulah on Thames for innovative, contemporary combinations of locally sourced ingredients in a restaurant decorated with crisp white and marine hues.

    -For a families visiting Newport, eat dinner on the water via Kempenaar’s Clambake Club, which will host private or public clambakes!

    -For those in the 'sailing know', grab a drink at Café Zelda, where you’ll most likely run into sailors (read: Newport celebs) having finished up their day.


    -Don't miss a walk through Bannister’s Wharf – aside from the Atlantic as a focal point, consider Bannister’s Wharf the ‘epicenter’ of dining and shopping in Newport.

    -Tour historic Fort Adams for a special ‘village setup’ in honor of the America’s Cup (and check back for info on its upcoming 4th of July/fireworks celebration!)

    -For those whose eyes wander from the Atlantic or those who tend to get seasick, why don't you explore more dry land Newport activities and play a little lawn tennis at the Hall of Fame Lawn Tennis Courts.


    -Get ‘Cup ready’ with a stop in Island Outfitters for fashion trained with a nautical eye... from blue to coral stripes, there are sweaters to keep you warm and dresses to keep you looking Newport chic on summer nights.

    -Shop at boutique Angela Moore for all things 'Newport preppy'.

    -For the urban style set, shop at Laura Jean, where the jeans-wearing crew will be in denim heaven.

    -Shop at Michael Hayes for fab luxury fashion, where you can quite easily grab the perfect outfit for an evening out.

  • Wrapping Up Dallas: a Visit to the Bishop Arts District

    Last night, the SCOUT team in Dallas traveled south of the city and had the pleasure of exploring the Bishop Arts District. This hidden gem was full of funky, rustic chic establishments that more importantly were staffed with friendly faces. We love the South!*

    Inspired by the eclectic vibe of this little neighborhood, we had to feature it as a “Dallas Find” and let the world know about this secret.

    Among the many cool spots in Bishop Arts District, we have to highlight two for having the “the whole package.” First stop on our tour was Dude, Sweet. That is correct, it was called “Dude, Sweet.” The group of guys behind this chocolate shop indulged us with a few of their favorite things including the “Crack in Box” chocolate bars and the Ice Cream a la Nitrogen Tank. From the customer service to the packaging, we loved everything about Dude, Sweet, so much so that we had to purchase t-shirts and pose with the team!

    The last stop on our tour de force, was Tillman’s Roadhouse. This long time establishment has been open for the last 20 years, but pulled off an amazing renovation 5 years ago that embodies New York meets Texas. Shot gun door handles graced the entrance, but 10 crystal chandeliers welcomed us into the dining area. Along with the amazing decor, the indulgent down home cooking made gluttons of the SCOUT team. We tried the goat cheese tater tots, fried pickles, mac and cheese, and the perfectly glazed baked chicken. The piece de resistance was saved for the end when our waiter brought out a plate of s’mores featuring homemade marshmallows in a variety of flavors including cotton candy, pistachio, and maple.

    We cannot say enough good things about Bishop Arts District’s vibe. It seems to have the best of all worlds with hip style and a southern attitude. We can’t wait to hit up this spot again when we are back in Dallas!

    *visit SCOUT's Pinterest page and click into the Pinterest board that features photo coverage of our exploring the Bishop Arts District!

  • Film & Fashion Buzz: the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Synopsis: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to ‘outsource’ their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. -- (C) Fox Searchlight


    Look to as many neutrals as you do brights, as the concept is mostly fluid, moving from one shade to the next within one outfit... So wear your 'bright' look one day and your 'neutral' or 'natural' look the next!


    Clockwise from top left: Alice by Alice Temperley Esmerelda Tunic; a still from the film; P.A.R.O.S.H. Floral Panel Tunic; Emma Hope Woven Raffia Flats; Calypso Aero Ruched Skirt; Miss Selfridge Cream Pleated Maxi Skirt; Rene Caovilla Ballet Flats.

  • Film & Fashion Buzz: To Rome with Love

    Synopsis: “To Rome with Love is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world's most enchanting cities. The film brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome's biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. -- (C) Sony Pictures Classics


    Using mostly Italian resources, and you can borrow from UK go-to fashion resources because they borrow so much inspiration from the Italian runways.


    Clockwise from top left: Etro Floral-Print Stretch Silk-Blend Satin Top; a still of Ellen Page in the film; TopShop Tall Lace Insert Tie Blouse; Dolce & Gabbana Printed Silk-Cotton Jacquard Mini Skirt; Calypso Beaded Gladiators; Giuseppe Zanotti Gladiator Sandals; Ermano Scervino White Skirt with Petticoat.

  • For Your Neutral Consideration: Black Dresses with Neon Shoes

    This week on Yo Deb we encourage you to shift your fashion focus from neon- to neutral-hued pieces. We’ve got metallic, army surplus, white and black stories in which we provide you with our top 4-5 suggested summer separates, as well as several pairs of shoes and a SCOUT canvas piece to carry… Neon’s been having a great run, but we think it’s time for a sophisticated switch in style, so ditch the hot pink and plan some neutral outfits to pair with likeminded VaniLLa Bean!


    Dresses, from left to right

    Herve Leger Black Off the Shoulder Bandage Dress; KAGE Charcoal Ripple Puff Dress; Marc Jacobs Strapless Floral Applique Tulle Dress; Moschino Cheap and Chic Open Back Black Dress.

    Shoes and SCOUT, from left to right

    DSquared2 Lizard Skin Sandal; SCOUT Daytripper in VaniLLa Bean Multi; Joia Glitter Neon Platform Heels; Manolo Blahnik Patent Leather T-Strap Sandals; Christian Louboutin Unzip Suede Sandals.

  • For Your Neutral Consideration: White and Ivory in Separates and Shoes

    This week on Yo Deb we encourage you to shift your fashion focus from neon- to neutral-hued pieces. We’ve got metallic, army surplus, white and black stories in which we provide you with our top 4-5 suggested summer separates, as well as several pairs of shoes and a SCOUT canvas piece to carry… Neon’s been having a great run, but we think it’s time for a sophisticated switch in style, so ditch the hot pink and plan some neutral outfits to pair with likeminded VaniLLa Bean! 


    Separates, from left to right:

    Rag & Bone Leonard Pleated Crepe Dress; Ralph Lauren Nevis Sheer Jersey Doulbe-Layer Irina Ruffle Top; Valentino Silk-Blend Gazar A-Line Dress; H&M Blouse.

    Shoes and SCOUT, from left to right:

    Giuseppe Zanotti Pattern Heel Sandal; Yves Saint Laurent Off-White Textured Patent Leather Tribute Sandals; SCOUT Daytripper in VaniLLa Bean Black; Christian Louboutin White Peep-Toe Pump; Givenchy White Vittoria Zip Heels.

  • Fresh Squeezed: Orange-Themed Finds from the Dallas Trade Show

    Reporting from the Dallas Trade Show

    Fresh-Squeezed: Orange-Themed Finds

    We are currently showing at the Dallas Trade Show for the upcoming Fall/Winter season. Our booth, located in the Design FINDS section, is surrounded by amazing products from all around the world. The show is just starting today and a color trend has already emerged! Orange is everywhere! Of course, Deb knew this would happen months ago, so we came prepared. Take a look at our orange-themed finds and check out even more on SCOUT’s Pinterest!

  • Wednesday Obsessions: NYC Summer Roundup

    Yo Deb readers, welcome to the ninth installment of our weekly newsflash for all things up-and-coming, ‘Wednesday Obsessions’. We are excited to bring you the latest info on people, places and things being discussed around the world and around the world wide web. Start following us to receive an email each week when a new W.O. post is published!


    -If you have the dough to spend – and even if you don’t – enjoy a rich fashion experience at Five Story NY, a new multi-level store (it’s in an Upper East Side townhouse) that is both well-curated and filled with friendly sales associates, each of whom holds an impressive amount of fashion knowledge to answer questions about designers featured in and out of the store. Eloise may have had a room at the Plaza, but we’re clawing for a room at Five Story NY! Read a fantastic feature on the store here, courtesy of the NYTimes; and check back for a re-vamped web site here.

    -If you associate summer with classic surfer motifs and beach sents, engage your summer senses with a visit to Warm Boutique in NoLita, which houses clothing designs from Tracy Feith, Swildens, and M. Patmos, to name a few... check out the Daily Candy's feature here; check out the store’s web site here.

    -La Sirena is a cool boutique down by the Bowery where you can find great Mexican Art and Day of the Dead collectibles… For those looking for a more ‘catered’ flea market experience, stop by this store on your next lazy Sunday. The store web site can be found here.


    -Georgetown Cupcake (for those who care) has opened an NYC outpost in uber-trendy SoHo.

    -In actually fab eatery news, The Park in Chelsea is a perfect destination for attentive service, delicious and innovative cuisine, as well as a very hip interior with a ‘greenhouse’ style vibe. Visit The Park’s web site here, and see a solid review from NY Magazine here.

    -Also in Chelsea, Cookshop is becoming better and better known as more people flock to its doors for the delicious, often locally-sourced food as well as the easygoing vibe in its kitchen. The cuisine is taken from Mediterranean and American concepts (a win-win as far as we’re concerned!); find directions & hours as well as a history of the restaurant here.

    -Check out some of NYC’s best food trucks, as selected by NYC editors at Refinery29. Our favorites include Comme Ci Comme Ca for yummy Moroccan (and don’t miss the cous cous, so fluffy!); Frites n’ Meats, which gets meat and cheeses from well-known NYC restaurants; Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, which boasts the ‘perfect’ proportions of cheese to bread to condiments – and delish milkshakes; Taim has out of this world falafel, and is about to set up in a new downtown outpost – stay tuned!

    -Without a doubt our newest food obsession is Tacombi, a Mexican taqueria ‘village’ of sorts – you’ll need to see it to believe it – SO cool! The NYTimes did a quick review from when it first opened a couple of years ago. Visit the main web site for the menu and locations here.

    -LIVE LIFE 'BY THE BEAN': though coffee addicts can be pretty strictly ‘by the book’ in terms of what they like and who’s brewing it for them, but we recommend you check out the following NYC coffee shops for nifty vibes and, most importantly, coffee that gets the job done and leaves you (of course) wanting more…  Toby’s Estate comes to Williamsburg, Brooklyn originally from Australia, and thank goodness they decided on a US outpost! – with great coffee but also great instruction by the T.E. team for brewing your own, you may find it tough to class any other bean institution so high on your list; located in Midtown, Zibetto Expresso Bar has been hailed by NY Magazine as “pulling and serving the hands-down best espresso drinks we've had in recent memory” – see their full review here, and visit the main web site here; Magnolia Bakery’s Rockefeller Center outpost is conveniently located nearby Zibetto so you can have your (cup)cake and eat it, too!.

    WE <3 NY:

    -See war and pop influences in perfect competition with each other at MoMA’s James Rosenquist: F-111 exhibition.

    -At the Met don’t miss Tomas Saraceno’s Cloud City – buy tickets and sip on strawberry lemonade as you view the city and sun ‘On the Roof’. Learn more about the exhibition and view installation photos here.

    -We never miss the opportunity to sit and watch Shakespeare in the Park – to take in the energy of NYC and its fantastic base of actors (some in from LA for the summer, others off the set of Broadway plays), but this year is special, because the Delacorte Theatre is now home to these productions 50 summers running! Click here for upcoming performances.

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