5 Questions With: Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

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A few years ago, while I was working at Indica Records, my boss at the time dropped an EP on my desk and wanted me to tell him what I thought. He had been sent an EP from a band in Saratoga Springs, NY called Phantogram. After my first listen, I was right away drawn to their unique blend of dark cinematic electro pop and the singer’s dreamy voice. I had the chance to go see them live not long after and immediately knew the band was poised for greatness! I was incredibly lucky to work with the band at the beginning of their career in Canada. Not only are Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter incredibly talented, they’re also some of the nicest people in the biz. Fast forward a few years later, with the release of their second full length Voices, Phantogram is now headlining every big festival, selling out venues around the world, playing on all radio formats and taking the world by storm! I couldn’t be prouder of what these guys have accomplished over the past couple of years! One thing that I noticed since I started following the band, is that Sarah always has the best style on and off stage. She always has the coolest moto jackets, leather pants and accessories. Sarah and the rest of Phantogram will be keeping busy this summer playing festivals across North America and Europe. Make sure you go see them live if you haven’t already, they will blow your mind! I beyond thrilled to present to you this week, my 5 Questions with Sarah Barthel of Phantogram:

1) Who were some of your role models or people you looked up to growing up?

David Bowie
Prince
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Aaliyah
James Brown

2) Can you talk to us about your style evolution from your teens until now? How would you describe your style today?

I spent a lot of time at Salvation Army as a teen looking for old t shirts and jackets. Usually went for classic jeans and chucks.
I tended to dress like a Tom boy growing up. I always wanted to pierce my face somewhere but was too much of a pussy to do that so I ended up piercing the hell out of my ears haha. I always loved keeping a classic look and dressing it up with accessories. I still think that way now. I’ve definitely evolved my footwear by graduating to heels from chucks but I like to keep my look simple with dark colors and dressing up my look with a cool leather jacket and heels with some cool jewels.

3) Has the band’s increase in popularity influenced or changed your personal style? If so, could you tell us how?

Yes definitely. I love the opportunities I get when brands or designers want to dress me. I never got those opportunities before because we weren’t a recognized. Now people want me to wear their clothes so I get to have fun with my style

4) How do you pick out your clothes for tour and stage? What are your tour must-haves?

I usually like a few different looks for a tour. I definitely like to walk out of stage with a cool looking jacket with intentions to take it off after a few songs. 
Must haves: heels that aren’t too scary to run around in!
Bold gold jewelry 
Hair straightener
Dry shampoo

5) Who are some of your favorite designers and/or brands?

All Saints leather
Jeffrey Campbell
J brand
Jeremy Scott 
St Laurent 
Modern vice
Kill City
Oak

Wishing you continued success! Thanks Sarah!

Lady In Red #DailyOutfit

Lady In Red – Is the first thing I heard when I walked down the hallway at work this morning wearing today’s outfit. I must agree it’s a pretty fitting title for my Tuesday getup! I couldn’t be more excited to debut my amazing new custom Oxblood Dove Bootie that the fine folks at Modern Vice in NYC made for me. These will go perfectly with any skinny jean, dress, shorts, etc. I love making a statement with a bold shoe and I feel these new custom babies will do just that!

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Modern Vice custom Oxblood Dove Bootie (similar one here)

H&M basic striped tee

Uranium Glazing necklace

Zara gold stud plaid shirt (similar one here)

 

Headband Love #DailyOutfit

The last time I remember wearing a headband before this year must have been when I was in high school or maybe even younger. If you check Pinterest (here!) or you go on any fashion website or designer site (here!), you’ll see that headbands are everywhere right now. They are no longer just for Coachella flower girls or for working out, headbands are definitely more of an “every day” hair accessory now. When I received this rad leopard headband from Uranium, I couldn’t help my try to style it. Surprisingly, I didn’t look like a total goof (or at least that’s what I think!). What I like about headbands is that there are all sorts, some dressier than others and are a perfect way to add a little extra something to your outfit. Plus it’s perfect for a bad hair day! Are you a fan of headbands?

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Skylark Acid Wash buttoned up shirt (similar one here)

Zara scoop neck white tee 

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Anine Bing boots with silver studs (get them here)

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper Black (get them here)

Uranium pattern headband (get it here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Springsioux Lady Muerte ring (get it here)

Lace Flowers #DailyOutfit

Happy Tuesday! Hope your day was grand! In today’s exciting news, there’s apparently a new invention in the food world. First there was the cronut and now there is the wonut. Yes, this is 100% true. There’s a waffle-donut! Let’s all rejoice! And if they taste as good as they look, we’ll all have an extra reason to go to Chicago this summer. Being a big foodie and having a serious sweet tooth, I couldn’t help but post the following photo. You’re welcome!

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And now for something completely different – my daily outfit! Love this white lace flower top from Zara. I styled it with a handful of dainty bracelets and a dainty necklace from Oia Jules and Shashi.

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Photos by @Offner

Zara Guipure Lace Top (get it here)

H&M distressed boyfriend jeans

OIA Jules Baby Jaws Necklace (similar one here)

Oia Jules Gloss Bracelet (get it here)

Oia Jules Ocean Glow Bracelet (get it here)

Shashi Lilu bracelet (get it here)

Shashi Sam bracelet (get it here)

Patio Days #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend! Getting excited for the next couple of weeks. Not only is Canadian Music Week (have you made your schedule yet? Who are you excited to see?) two weeks away, but there are also a lot of travel plans in the works for the next couple of months! Traveling has become such an important part of my life. The more I travel, the more I feel energized, inspired and grounded. I also learn so much from all of my trips. I can’t wait to tell you what my next big destination will be!

In the meantime, I’m excited for spending more and more time outdoors (so excited about the new little patio that Offner has created for us, yay!!) and finally being able to wear my ripped jeans a lot more. Ripped jeans are everywhere this season. You can get them pretty much everywhere. The ones I’m wearing today are from Anine Bing. I like that they only have one small hole at the knee, so it’s still pretty discreet. You can also make your own ripped jeans. I like this Free People tutorial that you can check out here. I have yet to try it out myself but may do so with one of my older pairs of jeans.

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Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Cropped Jeans with slit – charcoal (get them here)

H&M Striped black and white blazer

Steve Madden ECNTRC-C flats (get them here)

Pamela Love High Tide Pendant (get it here)

H&M graphic masquerade ball tee

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Spring Denim #DailyOutfit

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a restful and beautiful weekend! Happy to finally be able to bring out some lighter shades of trousers now that the weather is warmer and that it’s more “appropriate” to do so. I got these rad pale denim skinny moto trousers during my last visit to LA. I’m so obsessed with the Anine Bing jeans I had bought last summer that I had to get new pairs and this one seemed perfect for the spring and summer. I’ve never owned too many pairs of light denim but these were just too cool to pass up. Plus, they look awesome with a lot of bright colors!

A little music inspiration to end your day – HAIM! In case you missed their set at Coachella this weekend, you can watch it in full HD –> here.

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 Photos by @Offner

Anine Bing Skinny Jeans Double Zipper – Light Denim (get them here)

Pamela Love x Nine West brick moto booties 

Urban Outfitters neon print poncho 

Biko Jaci Necklace – Lilac (get it here)

April Fools #DailyOutfit

Today, one of my favorite new bands called Language Arts released a brand new record. The band’s leader Kristen reminds me a lot of Lisa Loeb with her glasses and her style of singing. You can stream Wonderkind in full here. Listening to the record on repeat helped me get through the day (feeling ill again, boo!), particularly this song – “Oh Tangible World”. Here’s a cute acoustic version:

Happy I’m able to take my Pamela Love boots back out. As one of my friends Nicole noticed the other day, ankle boots seem to be all the rage now that the weather is warming up. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a HUGE fan of ankle boots. I think they’re totally worth investing in because they go with just about anything: skinnies, dresses, skirts, shorts, etc. You can also find a good pair of ankle boots for under $200. One of my favorite maker of ankle boots is a brand from NYC called Modern Vice. They’ve got just about every style and color imaginable and are handmade right in Manhattan. Though a bit more pricey, they’re definitely worth the money. During my last trip to NYC I was able to order two new pairs, which I can’t wait to show you! Do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots?

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Photos by @Offner

Biko Neon Blue Colby necklace (get it here)

Pamela Love x Nine West brick moto booties 

TOPSHOP Moto Wine Supersoft Skinny Leigh Jeans (get them here)

H&M black oversized blazer (similar one here)

Zara basic blue scoop neck shirt

Front And Company Firebird ring

WMCFW FW14 Day 4 #DailyOutfit

Day 4 already of WMCFW! I can start feeling the fatigue creeping up on me. A good way to know if I’m tired – if you see me wearing my glasses, then you know I’m not getting too many Zzz’s 😉

For today’s outfit, I went for a more sporty/hipster look. Leggings, my 10th Tribe beanie, leather jacket and oversized my recycled leather and fur mittens. I also sported the special collaboration tee from fashion blogger Song Of Style x Shop eLUXE called “Do Epic Chic”.

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Do Epic Chic tee Song of Style for eLUXE (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney gold brass necklace

Zara laced ankle boots with block heel (get them here)

10th Tribe limited edition Doll beanie

American Apparel snakeskin leggings (similar ones here)

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

 Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

WMCFW FW14 Day 3 #DailyOutfit

For my third FW14 WMCFW outfit, I decided to put the emphasis on a bright colored coat. I picked this amazing green coat from Zara to compliment my red hair. I think anyone can pull this look off. Zara had a handful of other colored jackets like fuchsia, bright yellow, neon blue, etc. I think wearing a bright colored coat automatically spices up your outfit!

Here I am after three full days of shows, a little tired to say the least! Had such a blast again this evening! Can’t believe it’s over for this season. Check for my full Day 3 recap coming tomorrow am! Night!! xo

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Zara Green Wool Coat (get it here)

Modern Vice Camo Jetts (get them here)

Anine Bing Black Boat Neck T-Shirt (get it here)

Karen London Gypsy Ring (get it here)

Karen London Dream Weaver Necklace (get it here)

Anine Bing Bohemian black hat

Zara handbag with faux fur 

 

WMCFW FW14 Day 2 Recap

Day 2 at World MasterCard Fashion Week was action-packed! I had 5 shows to attend yesterday evening.

THOMAS BALINT

I kicked my night off with the promising Toronto designer Thomas Balint. It’s always a pleasure to see men’s collections. I find it very refreshing and it can also be very inspiring. Balint’s designs tonight did just that. He presented a plethora of structured jackets, textured shirts, high collars, velvet jackets and shirts. All items were chic yet at the same time very casual and wearable every day. The man Thomas Balint dresses is one that likes fashion with an edge but that also wants comfort. I particularly liked his cropped pants as well as the use of one very androgynous female model. I also liked his choice soundtrack, opting for some Franco acts including Lescop and My Sister Klaus. All in all, simply put, men dressed in Balint threads will be hot. Can’t wait to get @offner in some of these!

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

LAURA SIEGEL

Next up was New York designer Laura Siegel. She started her show with a touching video on women jewelry makers in Africa and a discussion on how she’d like people who buy clothes to directly be connected with their artisans. I quite frankly didn’t know all that much about Laura’s designs before the show started but I was completely drawn in with her vintage, candle-lit living room set up. I liked the laid back vibe she had going on, which was definitely reflected in her creations. Every model sported a beautiful black bohemian hat that accompanied all of their oversized or loose fitting garments. Laura presented earthy tones, rich dark camo greens, retro imprimés, long knitted scarves, oversized knitted sweaters and dresses, wrap dresses and probably my top piece of the collection – the oversized long belted coat. Who doesn’t love big oversized items in their wardrobe when fall rolls around? Great choice of boots and also thoroughly enjoyed hearing some Lykke Li play during the show. Well done Laura! I’m a new fan!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

MBSU PRESENTS – MATIÈRE NOIRE & MALORIE URBANOVITCH

It was my first time attending a Mercedez Benz Start Up show and let me tell you, the room was PACKED! When you entered the show room, two models were standing on small podiums, lit by a dim blue light with eerie music playing in the background. A perfect mood setter for the first of two shows. The first designer, Matière Noire aka Cécile Raizonville, originally from the south of France, now calls Montreal home. She definitely had a very dark aura around her clothes. Though I wasn’t 100% sold on all of her creations, the pieces that did speak to me were her knit sweaters, the equestrian-inspired caps, the moon sweater and sweater dress as well as her electric blue coat and black coat.

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

I was happy to also see Malorie Urbanovitch present her collection, which to me represented comfort and warmth. She definitely had a 50s school girl look going with the long knit pleated plaid skirts and knee high socks. I enjoyed all of her fuzzy dresses and long fuzzy coats. She presented a great combination of knits and different fabrics, going from suede to viscose. I thought her earthy and neutral color palette was very soothing. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the collection.

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Picture by George Pimentel / Getty Images

MÉLISSA NEPTON

The Montrealer has definitely made herself known in the past year or so. The first collection that I saw from Mélissa hadn’t really resonated with me, but this particular collection definitely did. She had a brilliant color palette that she stuck to throughout – black, gold and egg white, with a few nuances and prints. I like that she opted for large triangular shaped prints, switching from black to egg white. All of her sweaters, dresses and pants looked incredibly comfortable and cozy. She had great textured shimmery items, quilted fabrics and near the end even threw in a pop of mint green. I personally wasn’t a fan of the soundtrack but the amazing designs definitely made up for it. I sincerely feel that Mélissa has really grown as a designer, presenting original clothes for a sophisticated yet edgy woman.

It was extremely to just pick a few but here are some of my favorite looks… I absolutely adore the first and last look!

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Pictures by George Pimentel / Getty Images

DAVID DIXON 

Finally, I saw David Dixon’s show entitled “White Label”, his bridal wear debut for Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay. The show room was well over capacity, everyone crouching to catch a glimpse of his presentation video on love. The message was: “Love never fails”, which I thought was super endearing! The show started with a few white dresses followed by light peach and pink tones. I liked his modern take on these contemporary wedding, gala and cocktail gowns. Lot’s of ruffles and BIG and bold sparkly jewels. The collection transpired freedom and joy. My favorite piece was hands down the bridal lace pant with bustier and blouse combination, a great alternative for those not wanting to wear dresses on their special day. The show ended on a perfect note – David walked down the runway as the theme song from the film My Best Friend’s Wedding – “I Say A Little Prayer For You” played.

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Pictures by Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star 

Another inspiring night at the tents! Check back tomorrow for my recap of Day 3!