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Rockstar For A Day


 

Top from my studio, Pants Saintchic, Lips Nars Red Lizard.

There are some things that are meant to be together, like this super feminine sequined gold top and this pair of Saintchic Skull pants! This outfit brakes with the typical holiday dress, and gives an edge necessary to survive even the most boring office party!

I have to add, the red lips are a must this season; please don’t go anywhere without red lips, sequins and bright smile!
Shop for this look on my Copious Profile: http://copious.com/profiles/carolina-benoit-lalinde
Special thanks to Jackie @Three Brooklyn Photography  for beautiful flawless photos and Danielle Garcia our merchandising Intern for creating such effortless looks.

 

My First Feature On A Glossy Magazine


A month ago I was reached by Mollie Makes Magazine from the UK because they wanted to feature the geometric Merengue Shift Dress from my Spring/Summer 2012 collection. I had been feature in magazines and newspapers as a designer, but this is the first time that my work reaches the pages of a glossy magazine! I am beyond happy!

The magazine is not for sale until August 3 in the UK, but I was given a sneak-peek from the editors so you can take a look at it.

Mollie Makes curates the best craft around the world into a tactile, collectible and irresistible magazine (In other words, if you love to make things, and websites of handmade items such as Etsy or Copious, then you’ll love this magazine)

In their own words:

“We love to make – handmade is more than just a hobby for us, it’s in everything we do. We can’t resist hunting down treasures in thrift stores, then customizing, re-covering and embellishing our finds with our endless stash of ribbons, buttons, fabrics and felt.We’re forever on the lookout for new inspiration. Whatever we do, we’re living and loving handmade.”

♡ Making ♡ Thrifting ♡ Collecting ♡ Crafting

So where can you get a copy of the magazine?

To subscribe or get an individual copy: click here

To download the Ipad version: click here

To know more about them, blog: click here

I only made 4 of these dresses :). To get yours before it is too late click on the picture:

or click HERE

Thank you for reading me ❤

Being Like Lana


Shorts Mini Pink Denim at Carolina Benoit Studio, Top Carolina Benoit Studio, Turban Carolina Benoit, Sunglasses Carolina Benoit Studio

This look inspired by Lana Del Rey… just for fun.

The Spring Items at the studio look amazing! I am so happy with the new designers at the store, every day we have even more gorgeous designs! 🙂 Don’t miss this shopping experience. If you are in Florida, you can either set up and appointment or we can take the items to your home, for an even more private shopping experience.

If you are outside of the US or Florida, you can talk to us about your style and we can create private albums for you with items that fit your taste! Easy, Private, Fast!

Working on my Spring collection has really been an exhausting process… hopefully very soon you will have a sneak-peek, and more posts to come…

Keep Following! ❤

Brocade


Why do flowers make us girls so happy?

Brocade Skirt Carolina Benoit, Gold Polka Dot Top WEAR&HOUSE, Earrings Maya Belle Jewelry at WEAR&HOUSE, Bracelet Quartz Carolina Benoit, Bracelet Band WEAR&HOUSE, Shoes Kate Spade.

SHOP SKIRT AND BRACELETS HERE

Do you have your outfit for Valentine’s day yet? I have all of your needs, from cocktail dresses for a girl’s night out, to gorgeous looks for a love date…

While seasons ago brocade and polka dots were a faux pas today this combination is  a must have, this is the perfect date look, dress it down with a denim jacket, dress it up with a pair of heels.

Contact me for a complimentary personal styling appointment 🙂 or slip my website address to your man and friends so they know where to shop for your special V-DAY gift.

Tips from a Recessionista


During the past years we have gone through the worst nightmare any fashionista could have: a recession. Let’s just say that fashion as we previously knew it is dead. We used to live with the basics, on the sale racks, and waiting anxiously for tax breaks so we could go and shop more! Yes, I know, these past years have been quite boring for most of us.

However, during the recession new pleasures were born. An appreciation for the ‘old’ gave way to Vintage, Mom’s closet, and thrift markets. We also started to leave behind our obsession with designer clothing and  logos, and focused on the search of more unique clothing from new and innovative designers. Things like the anti-mass produced and the green movement showed us how we are supposed to live. I mean, H&M and Zara peaked during these past years!

For me, this period symbolized a re-birth of fashion. Shopping was no longer as easy as going to Bloomingdale’s and buying a pair of jeans: it was a real hunting experience. I can’t remember the last time I went shopping with a reasonable budget in mind, or a time when I spent tangible money on a luxury item.

When I moved to New York, I went through what I call my Gap era… I used to buy everything in Gap (it was really depressing!). I would find interesting things, but then I would see people in the street with my same outfit; not once but 10 times a day. Dressing in mass-produced garments drove me crazy!!! During the Spring I went to Barcelona hoping that no one would have my same poorly chosen clothes, only to find that in every street someone was wearing what I owned. Look: if you don’t believe me, I even have a picture to prove what I went through during my Gap era.

Opportunistic, curious and open-minded, are words I use to describe my mindset while shopping. I will show you a few examples. My favorite pair of shoes are a pair of Richelieu Garbo antique gold leather heels. They are inspired by cabaret shoes. These Repetto feel like heaven, since they were originally designed for ballerinas. Usually they retail for 235.00 Euro. I got them for US$20.00. How??

The answer: Sample sales. My friend Daniella Samper used to work at Repetto, and did we enjoy those sample sales! That is my first tip: subscribe to sample sale websites. They notify you when and where are the sample sales happening.***Remember: never buy something ugly just because the price is low, that is simply ridiculous.

Regarding clothes, if I don’t wear something from my own collection I wear something from a new fashion designer. I love little boutiques that sell unique things at good prices. Darling in New York City has all my needs in-store. There are only three pieces of each style in the store, so it is very unlikely that you will see someone wearing your same dress. Most importantly, the designers are local, the quality is good, and the designs are unique. Entering boutiques like Darling in New York City is the most personal, romantic and beautiful shopping experience you can have. It does feel like heaven. I mean, they even host private shopping parties! Would Bloomingdale’s do that? NEVER!

My last advice is to never underestimate designer markets. I cant’t remember the last time I shopped for a piece of jewelry at a store. That’s because I have found amazing and beautiful things at designer markets. The Market NYC and The Portobello St Market in London are only two examples of hundreds of great markets full of treasures waiting to be found! *** Below Portobello Market in London

There is absolutely no reason to go around dressed from head to toe in luxury brands or dressed up in mass-produced garments. Today, with so many options available, dressing plainly is a synonym for lack of imagination. Really…go on and shop for more unique stuff, you will never go back to the old.

ps. stay tuned, next week the new stuff comes in and… I found these amazing hand-made bangles from India that I will be selling with my collection! You’ll love them.