I'm wearing vintage shearling coat that I originally bought at Fretex, Sara Kelly knits, Divided scarf, vintage belt, Cubus tights and Benelli boots. Quote from The Lion King.
The concept of my store came from my personal preferences. I always love to shop at smaller boutique-like stores because the pieces are normally stand-outs and because the styles available have so much thought and consideration put in to them, but then again boutiques tend to be pricey. So I wanted to mix the best of the best. Lower prices that you find in a bigger store, but with the selections and styling of a boutique. I intend to hopefully open a brick and mortar in a few years time. I LOVE shopping and I never get tired of it! So now I get to go shopping and offer my suggestions to other girls on a budget as well. I try to keep all items at an attainable price because I believe you can dress well without spending $300 on one piece.
What are àlainn bellas preferences?
Whenever I’m choosing the items for the store, I really only pick things that I personally would wear. But my style is diverse so I don’t ever intend to have all items that would be considered one type of style (i.e. tough, feminine, etc). I try to get a good mix of classics and trends as well, but even when buying trends I try to get refined ones so the even when the trend is long gone you can still wear it. Because who wants to spend money on something that will be out in a few months time? I want my money to be well spent and I know I’m not alone in that.
Megans favorites right now?
While I would wear almost everything in the store, I’m crushing majorly on the striped color block sweater, the geary skirt which is a great basic, the Serena jeggings, and the quad clutch. So I’m going to need to buy them for myself before they’re gone!!
My favorites right now:
I do love dresses, and these three very versatile ones are my favorites. A two-toned jersey mini dress in navy and gray, with pockets. This blue beauty from the sale-section and this gray ruffle neck string dress, with straps that can be worn either straight down the back or criss-cross.
- So, why am I writing about álainn • bella? Well, you have probably figured it out by now, but I'm going to say it anyways. I love budget beauties and since Megan is such an awesome girl; you guys are getting a 20% discount on her whole shop! (well, except sales - which are too cheap to pass on by the way) The discount-code is “barbro” and it’s good for a whole month! Happy fall discount shopping, my lovely readers!
Megan asked me to make sure you shoot her an e-mail before placing your order if you live outside North America - so that she can estimate the shipping-costs. This way there are no surprises for anyone!
- Tell me a little bit about yourself?
My name is Nancy Ting. I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto, Canada when I was a teenager. After graduating from college, I moved around quite a bit for work, e.g., London (UK), New York (US), Beijing (China) etc. I was a programmer/consultant building Internet applications for a number of years and then went back to pursue my Masters in Business Administration at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- When Mode Republic was born?
When I finished my masters degree, I made a career change and went into finance. After doing so for a year, I realized that my passion was still in technology. I resigned from my finance job in August 2008 and decided to create my own career by combining two of my passions in life - fashion and technology. I came up with the early concept of Mode Republic in October 2008. I spent the following months doing research, refining the business model and forming partnerships with online stores. The company was formed in August 2009 and we first started reaching out to fashionistas end of January 2010 with our first contest - Valentine's Day Dress to Impress Contest.
- Could you tell me a little about how you came up with the idea?
I love fashion! One of the things that I enjoyed most when I worked in different parts of the world was to check out how people dress! Seriously, there are so many stylish people in the world who should be models or stylists! I am sure within everyone's circle of friends there are bound to be a few stylish friends whose dream was to build a career in the fashion industry but might choose not to for a variety of reasons. I have also met many aspiring designers, stylists, models and fashion photographers who are so talented but they told me how tough it is to break into the fashion world.
So I thought with the Internet and the success of web sites such as thesartorialist.com and lookbook.nu, wouldn't it be great if there is a platform which allow stylish people to showcase the world their style and make some money from doing so? Also when I read fashion magazines, there is always a "splurge" Prada version and a "steal" H&M version of an outfit. I only wish that there are more than 2 options!
So I came up with the idea of writing a computerized program that matches what the fashionistas are wearing with all the similar items from our partner online stores. Then what happens is when a sale goes through, we have agreements with the online stores such that they pay us a commission. I think it is only fair to reward the photo contributors for submitting quality photos! So I designed a revenue sharing program, such that we track the particular photo that led to the sale of an item, and we share part of the commission that we receive with the photo contributor as our way to give back to our community of fashionistas. The fashionistas can focus on styling great outfits, instead of worrying about keeping up with Internet technologies or dealing with partnerships with online stores.
In sum, our goal is to create a platform, such that aspiring designers, stylists, models, photographers or simply, stylish people can collaboratively create a fashion magazine to showcase the world their style. Shoppers could get inspired by their looks and create their own style through "Shop This Look". The photo contributors in turn get rewarded based on their contribution.
- Where do you go from here?
In the past 2-3 months, we were able to form some significant partnerships with some online stores! So right now we are working hard to integrate many products from those stores to our "Shop This Look"! Stayed tuned for our full launch for shoppers! It will happen within weeks!
Check out the site here, and become a member if you want! Don't forget to add me as a friend too; so I can check out your looks!
*Friday favorites: every Friday I'll recommend a unique store, an awesome blog, a lovely book or something else I love. I'll chose things I genuinely love, not just random stuff - but if you want to recommend someone or something to me, just send me an e-mail at contact.barbro [@] gmail.com
I'm wearing my DIY leather shorts, BikBok cropped sweater, vintage belt, H&M hat, Cubus tights and Asos heels! Quote from The Rescuers Down Under
Oh, and I updated some of my press/features if you're interested. Click here to view a slightly overwhelming collection!
A little review:
I'd rate this product at 4 out of 5: mostly because I had so much fun wearing it! It was soft and felt good against my skin; very comfortable and loose. I did wish for a large size; because, (you know me) - I love over-sized clothes. This tee has an unusual cut, which is refreshing; and I really like the length. You can't see it since I tucked it in, but it actually ends at the middle of my thighs. The fabric did however seems a bit weak and somewhat sheer; which generally means that it wont last very long. I hope it will prove me wrong.
I'm wearing EXR Pucca shirt, BikBok skirt, Cubus tights and belt, H&M hat and my GoJane booties. This is a part of my collaboration with the Korean site; Iyozo. If you want to see how other girls styled their EXR products, check it out here! Quote from Winnie the Pooh.
Tanya had never heard of Heavy Machine before this giveaway, but favored the Nostalgic Chick instantly. Their unique design and bright red color really appealed to her; and was actually the pair you guys favored the most as well. Tanya told me she likes Heavy Machine because their shoes come in a variety of colors, and because they can be coordinated with any outfit. I couldn't agree more! When you usually spend $25 to $45 on a pair of shoes (like I do too); these ones are what I consider a real tease. The girl behind Starry Eyed normally wears Charlotte Russe heels, but told me, as she kindly answered a few questions for me via mail, that:
"I will rock The Maggies with leggings and a loose top. I am super excited about winning and can't wait to wear them!!"
My current favorites are Neon Heart (grey), Tiny Eyes, Schizophrenic Crossover and Neon Heart (pink). I think these shoes are freakin fantastic, and I would love to have such a statement in my closet. Susie from Style Bubble has also fallen in love with these wonders, and here she is styling around Paris in a pair of Tadao's Malachites.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is visit Heavy Machine and tell me which pair is your favorite! Leave the link in a comment on this entry to compete - and if you win; Heavy Machine will send you a FREE pair of either the Maggies or Lady Future from next Spring's 2011 collection - in your size of course! How awesome is that?I told you guys that you were in for some treats this fall, and man am I jealous of this one! So, what are you waiting for?!
Remember to leave your e-mail, if you don't have a blog, so that I know how to contact you if you win. The winner will be announced Monday the 11th of October and will selected at random. Only one entry per person, please.
Music by I blame Coco feat Robyn - Caesar. First serie (in the forest) by photographer Ellen.
I'm wearing cape from Monki, long shirt-dress and belt from Cubus, tights from BikBok and shoes from JSFN. Quote from Robyn.