Meet Our Lender, Amy Chan!

Hey Style Lend girls, allow us to introduce you to Amy, our featured lender of the month! Amy is a super stylish marketing officer by day and a Carrie Bradshaw-esque relationship columnist by night (check out her website here).  Be sure to check out all of Amy’s fabulous items for rent on Style Lend

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When did you start renting/lending from Style Lend and why?

I started renting and lending on Style Lend because it’s the perfect solution for the woman who’s always out and about at events and functions. I can feel fabulous in a new dress for each event without breaking the bank and harming the environment. I can access brands that would normally cost too much to own. And with lending my items, instead of having my accessories collect dust, I can earn money without any hassle.

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Shopping habits (do you shop online, flash sales, in person, etc.)

I enjoy both shopping online and in person. I love shopping for other people.

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Favorite brands/designers and why?

I adore Club Monaco because the stores are so pretty and I feel happy every time I walk in. I splurge on accessories and shop at stores like Aritzia, Rag and Bone and Zara for clothes. You can usually find me in my Nike Sky High Dunks in the day, and then a pair of heels at night. I’m known to mix my sneakers with dresses.

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What are your favorite things to do in NY?

Having a coffee with great company or reading/writing in a cafe is my favorite thing to do. I love to bike around the city, host dinner parties, play ping pong and hang out at SPiN, dance and I’m also obsessed with book stores and psychics.

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Can you tell us a little blurb about your background, job, and how long you’ve lived here?

By day, I’m the Chief Marketing Officer of SPiN, a ping pong social club that was co-founded by Susan Sarandon seven years ago. By night, I am a relationship columnist.  I have an online magazine http://www.JustMyType.ca where I study the psychology behind lust, love and desire. My work has been referred to as “a scientific approach to that of Carrie Bradshaw”. I’ll take it. =)

I’m from Vancouver, Canada originally and I’ve been in NYC for two years. In my former life, I was a luxury hotel reviewer and was immersed in the luxury hospitality industry in both marketing and PR.

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What is your fav styling undertaking? Maybe burning man?

Burning Man! I love how creative you can get with the outfits. Last year was my first year and my home became a costume factory! I had different looks for day and night, whatever my mood matched, I had a cool outfit to go with it.

(For anyone who doesn’t know, Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City, Nevada.)

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What do you love most about being a relationship coach?

I feel that by understanding more about the psychology and science behind why we behave and feel the way when it comes to love, we can have healthier relationships with ourselves and consequently, with other people. A broken heart is like a weapon – if you leave it wounded, you only continue to hurt others and inflict pain. Hurt people hurt people. If I can help even one person, feel a little less alone, a little more understood in the matters of the heart, to me, that is success. I’ve had mothers email me to thank me for helping their daughter’s self-esteem, I’ve had countless people reach out to tell me how my words made them feel less shame and less alone. That is such a gratifying feeling.

How would you describe your style?

My style can be best described as feminine, sophisticated with a touch of edginess. I’ll take any chance to wear a dress because that’s when I feel the most beautiful. My style doesn’t take a lot of effort, I throw on whatever fits my mood. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing or what label you’re sporting, style comes down to how you carry yourself.

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One thing that would be your “dream item” to rent on Style Lend?

My dream item to rent would be a dress from Valentino or Jason Wu.

Why do you like the concept of renting vs. buying?

I like the concept of renting because you can save money, you save the environment, you always feel like you’re getting something new and you don’t have to feel the guilt about wasting so much money on clothes you’d only wear a handful of times.

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Thank you Amy for taking the time to chat with us and letting us into your closet!  Check out and rent all of Amy’s items on our website and app, and don’t forget to enter our AMAZING giveaway!

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5 Ways to Parisian Chic

We’re so envious of how the French have managed through the decades to seem so effortlessly cool and flawless. We did some research @StyleLend to figure out the staples behind Paris’ Street Style. Check out our 10 must haves for that cool city chic vibe, some of the staples might already be hanging in your closet.

1.) A loved and worn vintage tee shirt.

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Our Style Loves Devon Windsor & Edie Campbell paired their tee’s with black fitted skinny jeans and dark dark frames. We love the touch of punk that Devon incorporated by sporting a structures leather jacket. Black bags and cute booties are a must! Who said your beloved tee shirt from your teens couldn’t be chic!

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2.) A tall pair of leather boots.

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The funkier, the better— but they must be over the knee! You can take a basic neutral over the knee boot and pair it with some statement pieces or let the boots be a statement on their own. Either way we love how daringly bold over the knee boots are and how willingly they go with pretty much just about everything.

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3.) A black skirt

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Often we associate a black mid-length skirt with button down white shirt and some stuffy flats but these girls show you can dress it up with some fun and funky accessories to give the black skirt a little bit more life. We’re loving the fun pop of colors with the sneakers and the unique cut on the carven sweater.

Photo Credit: Vincenzo Grillo & Diego Zuko

4.) The clutch

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It’s not just for evening affairs! Our eyes on these street chic models who prove just how versatile the clutch is. This season it’s all about a big oversized clutch in an eye-catching color or pattern. It’s an instant way to dress up a monochrome outfit and add some fun!

Photo Credit Diego Zuko

5.) The peg leg pant

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The peg leg pant is a great day to night staple that can transition from the office to cocktails at Press Club. We suggest sporting an oversized bag and keeping the rest of the outfit in a neutral hue. Dress it up and get funky with the shoe. The peg leg pant allows you to show off the shoes, you’ve been dreaming of wearing.

5 Fashionista's To Watch This Fashion Week

Let the craziness commence because it’s fashion month! With New York Fashion Week kicking off this week, it has been a whirlwind of fabulous chaos in the fashion world. “September is the January of fashion” after all, and we are so excited to see all of the amazing new trends and looks for the Spring/Summer 2015 season!

At Style Lend, we’re excited to see beyond what the runway has in store — street style is equally as exciting and inspiring! From classically dressed to avant garde, the streets are home to some of the best dressed ladies. In honor of Fashion Week, we have decided to name our top 5 favorite Fashionistas whose street style we are most eager to see this coming month.

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One of our favorite bloggers turned fashion designer/entrepreneur, Chiara, is always looking flawless. Her fun and flirty take on fashion is always on trend with a kitschy little twist.

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We are so excited to see what the second-to-youngest Kardashian-Jenner will be wearing this fashion week, as much as we are to see what shows she’ll be walking in.  We adore how she takes classic comfortable pieces and pairs them with trendier ones!

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This Russian bombshell is always inspiring us here at Style Lend. Elena has the body of a super model and makes the most unique couture pieces look wearable. We love the way she takes risks in fashion and are so excited to see what looks she has in store!

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Alexa Chung is the queen of classic cool. She makes dressing look easy and always looks effortless. We are excited to see how she pairs vintage and designer pieces this fashion week!

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Emma Watson is the definition of the quintessential English rose. She always looks prim and proper but with an edgy twist!