style etoile: love at first look & listen

everyone knows that having a flawless wardrobe is only part of being a true style star. styleetoile is here to help. whether you’re hitting up styleetoile.com for all of your fashion needs, or checking out this little corner of the world to stay musically stylish--we’ve got you covered.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Eliza and the Bear (@elizaandthebear)?  After a great weekend celebrating life with those we love most, Style Etoile thought it only fitting that we post a song entitled “Friends.”  We’ve had our hears on Eliza and the Bear ever since they released “Brother’s Boat” and the equally awesome “Upon the North”.  The London quintet is putting out a very appealing indie/pop/folk vibe, and we are eating it up.  This is uplifting, anthemnic stuff—think Arcade Fire meets Passion Pit—and it is about to catch on in a major way.  Enjoy.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Gallant (@SoGallant)?  Style Etoile has recently come to the realization that we like R&B…or at least a hint of R&B.  We have had Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” on repeat all summer and have fallen in love with Pharrell.  With that being said, it should come as no surprise that we are more than a little amped on L.A.’s Gallant.  With genius production courtesy of Felix Snow, Gallant is putting out some brilliant R&B-infused electromagic.  Keep your ears out for his soon-to-be-released EP, Zebra—you can thank us later.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Ski Lodge (@skiilodge)?  Anyone who knows Style Etoile knows that we have a particular soft spot in our black hearts for The Smiths.  And while we are often put off by bands with derivative sounds, Ski Lodge pays just the right amount of homage to Moz.  This New York-based quartet is putting out some addictive hooks and brilliant lyrics that not only remind us of The Smiths, but also of some of our other post-punk favs like Joy Division.  Their sound is the perfect balance of morose and pop and you’d better believe we will be at the Ace on the 14th to catch them live.

Summer has finally arrived and we are all waiting patiently to depart in hopes of experiencing a new adventure, brushing up on our photog skills, creating new memories, and straight up chilling by blue water and white sand all day long.
Pour yourself a tall tropical cocktail and lets prep to pack properly for your next vacay! You will need the following supplies so take note as we guide you through a seamless transition from spring to summer travel.
1. Back-to-Basics: Let’s start with the basics like printed shorts, a shift dress, a few vintage tees, a chambray button down, and a few flirty blouses. All of these simple staples will complete effortlessly chic ensembles in just minutes. Check out the printed Magdelena shorts from Nonoo’s Summer 2013 collection.
Style Tip: Punch-y prints work well with sheer basics like the Hollywood tank from De Lacy’s summer collection.
2. Statement Sunnies: You will need two pair, one pair for the beach because you don’t want to sport sandy sunnies and one pair for shopping trips and tours because one can never have too many pair of sunnies.
3. Optional Outerwear: We recommend two different options, one light colored blazer that can be paired back to multiple looks. We love the cream tones and subtle shimmer in the Boucle Jacket by Smythe. Also, you will need one vest of the leather or denim variety. Why? Because it is chic…
4. Awesome Accessories: Here at style étoile we live by the motto “when in doubt, accessorize it out” so, stack up your wrists, necks, and fingers with some of your trendy trinkets and you are good to go. Check out the latest from SHASHI, Lindsay Vallan, and Samantha Faye for a little inspiration.
5. Summer Scarf: The lightweight of a summer scarf is key to completing a beach-y look when used as a cover up. Also, it may be used as a shawl for a day-to-night ensemble because one can never tell how cold it will be at night in a foreign place.
We hope this helps guide you through the horror of packing for a weekend getaway shared with friends and loved ones. After all, who wants to waste time worrying about what they are going to pack when it can be done in 5 simple steps!

Summer has finally arrived and we are all waiting patiently to depart in hopes of experiencing a new adventure, brushing up on our photog skills, creating new memories, and straight up chilling by blue water and white sand all day long.

Pour yourself a tall tropical cocktail and lets prep to pack properly for your next vacay! You will need the following supplies so take note as we guide you through a seamless transition from spring to summer travel.

1. Back-to-Basics: Let’s start with the basics like printed shorts, a shift dress, a few vintage tees, a chambray button down, and a few flirty blouses. All of these simple staples will complete effortlessly chic ensembles in just minutes. Check out the printed Magdelena shorts from Nonoo’s Summer 2013 collection.

Style Tip: Punch-y prints work well with sheer basics like the Hollywood tank from De Lacy’s summer collection.

2. Statement Sunnies: You will need two pair, one pair for the beach because you don’t want to sport sandy sunnies and one pair for shopping trips and tours because one can never have too many pair of sunnies.

3. Optional Outerwear: We recommend two different options, one light colored blazer that can be paired back to multiple looks. We love the cream tones and subtle shimmer in the Boucle Jacket by Smythe. Also, you will need one vest of the leather or denim variety. Why? Because it is chic…

4Awesome Accessories: Here at style étoile we live by the motto “when in doubt, accessorize it out” so, stack up your wrists, necks, and fingers with some of your trendy trinkets and you are good to go. Check out the latest from SHASHI, Lindsay Vallan, and Samantha Faye for a little inspiration.

5. Summer Scarf: The lightweight of a summer scarf is key to completing a beach-y look when used as a cover up. Also, it may be used as a shawl for a day-to-night ensemble because one can never tell how cold it will be at night in a foreign place.

We hope this helps guide you through the horror of packing for a weekend getaway shared with friends and loved ones. After all, who wants to waste time worrying about what they are going to pack when it can be done in 5 simple steps!

why aren’t you listening to…

…Mikky Ekko (@mikkyekko)?  There is a lot to be said for hopeful music.  Music that is nostalgic and promising at the same time.  Music that is uplifting and life affirming.  Mikky Ekko makes this kind of music.  This Nashville-based artist has mastered the slow build and while his songs may be catchy, they have a distinct post-punk melancholia about them—think The Naked and Famous meets Postal Service.  Mikky Ekko is currently on tour across the pond, but we are chomping at the bit to catch him live—keep you posted.

why aren’t you listening to…

…Postiljonen (@Postiljonen)?  Well isn’t this just a breath of fresh air?  Style Etoile would like nothing more than to be warmly wrapped in the beautiful, dreamy, electronic tapestries created by Scandinavia’s Postiljonen.  Their lushly emotive sound reminds us of M83, Air France, and College and we see big things in their future.  The group’s full length Skyer drops next month and if first singles “On the Run” and “Supreme” are any indication, we are in for a real winner.  Postiljonen only has tour dates in Sweden for the time being, but we will let you know the minute this talented trio is set to land stateside…

why aren’t you listening to…

…Disclosure (@disclosure)?  It may be pouring outside, but with Disclosure blaring in our headphones, Style Etoile is seeing nothing but sun.  The British duo just dropped their first full length and man, is it good.  The brothers are making synth-y nu-discu with killer basslines and beautiful vocals—think Hercules and Love Affair meets James Blake.  Disclosure has just announced a summer US tour and you better believe Style Etoile will be front and center for their August 6th show in Central Park.

PURPLE RAIN
We completely understand that the constant highs and lows in temperature, the heat waves and thunderstorms, are enough to make any fashion gal go mad about keeping their closets in seasonal order. Don’t let the rainy showers put a damper on your weekend wardrobe! We have the perfect piece to complete your weekend look!
Leather is IN this season, especially leathers of the vest variety, which is why we had to have this Sahara leather vest from Ashley B’s spring collection. Yes, it does look like a normal vest to the untrained eye but if you take a closer look, you will notice that the crepe de chine sleeves are REMOVABLE! How brills can one designer be?
Style Star Tip: When looking for the perfect leather jacket and/or vest, make sure that it is classic, comfortable and most importantly can be worn every season! After all, this is a major investment for any style stars wardrobe.
The Sahara leather vest from Ashley B allows you to be ready for the heat or the cold, with a built in day-to–night look, all in one piece! So sport your sleeves during the day and zip them off at night and keep them comfortably tucked away in your purse. We can’t get enough of this 2-in-1 piece!
Need something to finish off your look with your crisp new leather jacket? Try pairing the Hollywood racer tank with the Venice maxi skirt, both from De Lacy’s spring collection, and then top it off with the Ashley B. Sahara leather vest. Complete your look with killer kicks and a clutch of your choice and you are sporting a versatile Style Star look!

PURPLE RAIN

We completely understand that the constant highs and lows in temperature, the heat waves and thunderstorms, are enough to make any fashion gal go mad about keeping their closets in seasonal order. Don’t let the rainy showers put a damper on your weekend wardrobe! We have the perfect piece to complete your weekend look!

Leather is IN this season, especially leathers of the vest variety, which is why we had to have this Sahara leather vest from Ashley B’s spring collection. Yes, it does look like a normal vest to the untrained eye but if you take a closer look, you will notice that the crepe de chine sleeves are REMOVABLE! How brills can one designer be?

Style Star Tip: When looking for the perfect leather jacket and/or vest, make sure that it is classic, comfortable and most importantly can be worn every season! After all, this is a major investment for any style stars wardrobe.

The Sahara leather vest from Ashley B allows you to be ready for the heat or the cold, with a built in day-to–night look, all in one piece! So sport your sleeves during the day and zip them off at night and keep them comfortably tucked away in your purse. We can’t get enough of this 2-in-1 piece!

Need something to finish off your look with your crisp new leather jacket? Try pairing the Hollywood racer tank with the Venice maxi skirt, both from De Lacy’s spring collection, and then top it off with the Ashley B. Sahara leather vest. Complete your look with killer kicks and a clutch of your choice and you are sporting a versatile Style Star look!

why aren’t you listening to…

…Matt Corby (@Matt_Corby)?  Well, it’s already June and that means it’s officially Glastonbury month!  Today Style Etoile brings you one of the acts we can’t wait to catch—Aussie Matt Corby.  Corby has just released a new song, Revolution, and man is it beautiful.  Corby’s smooth folk reminds us of James Vincent McMorrow with a hint of Bon Iver and we could stare into those dreamy eyes for days.  Go here to grab some free tunes.