Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Regift? No. Recycle? Yes.

Looking for last minute stocking stuffers? Subu Rose handmade notepads feature recycled paper inside and "Pittburghese" on the cover. Made locally and starting at just $6, these diaries are both earth and wallet friendly. Stop by and check out our selection.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Gifting Green

Spend $150 or more at Jupe this holiday season and receive this organic cotton, eco-friendly tote as our free gift to you. These "Go Green" totes are also available to purchase for $18. Each time you use your tote now through March 31st, 2009 you will receive 10% off of your entire purchase. Know a Jupe enthusiast? This is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Friday, December 5, 2008

'Tis the Season

The holidays are quickly approaching and it's time to consider what you will be wearing to all of the inevitable upcoming events. As your schedule gets tighter and tighter, and you wallet gets thinner and thinner, why not stop into Jupe to take a look at some of our uber stylish and even more affordable holiday dresses. You may have to search high and low for the perfect gifts for your loved ones, but one stop at Jupe will have you outfitted in the perfect holiday duds.

Looking for something classic?

Wish Collection $88

Loving winter white in an updated silhouette?

BB Dakota $60

Glam $70

Looking for something inspired by classic holiday cheer?

Max & Cleo $168

Feeling the retro vibe for the holidays?

Nick & Mo $88

Nick & Mo $84

Looking for something fun and flirty and a little different?

Haven $98

Aryn K $68

MM Couture $135

Ayrn K $98

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Feeling the Chill?

We have tons of unique jackets and coats at Jupe right now. From great military inspired coats in plaid, to satin bomber jackets, and Burberry inspired leather trenches (like the one below), there are tons of ways to show your individuality while still keeping warm.

by BB Dakota $325

Loving cropped sleeve jackets like these, but worried about practicality? Try wearing a chunky, long sleeve sweater underneath in a contrasting color. Looking for a something more sophisticated? Try adding elbow length knit gloves. They'll keep you warm and have an elegant vibe without being too dressy.

by BB Dakota (no longer available)

by Tulle (no longer available)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Trend We Love: High Waisted Skirts

One of our favorite trends right now is high waisted skirts. A high waisted skirt is a great piece to have in your closet. They can be dressed up or down; worn flirty and feminine or tough and serious. Here are 3 of our favorite ones at Jupe right now.

This polka-dot skirt by BB Dakota is a great piece for work. It looks best on straighter figures due to the slim cut. The included belt helps to create shape at the waist. The simple black and white pattern and tailored look of this piece can easily be styled in traditional or more fun way. Add a black or white turtleneck (below: by LA Made) for a classic look. In the mood for something a little flashier? Try a bright red or hot pink crew neck t-shirt.

This skirt by BB Dakota is more voluminous and boisterous. The rich fuchsia color and silky fabric make this piece great for partying. Fun and flirty, this skirt can be work as shown in the photo below with a simple white tank and a pair of pumps or with a black turtleneck, tights, and pumps for a more formal look. This is a great skirt to wear with chunky, bold jewelry.

This brocade tulip skirt by BB Dakota has a slightly more romantic feel. The soft color and opulent fabric are awesome for the holiday season. Paired with a softer top as pictured below (by Aryn K), this skirt is very feminine and formal. Paired with a black crew neck T and black tights it's reminiscent of ballerinas. And paired with a white tank and pumps it's downright kitschy.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Animal Instincts

It's never wrong to throw on that LBD (Little Black Dress), black tights, and a chunky black sweater, right? With this being the go-to outfit for me (and many others) accessories are key. This season some of my favorite ways to accessorize have been animal inspired. From the literal pieces to the more tempered, these styles are all great to add some spice to your favorite basics. Check out these animal-inspired pieces that Jupe Boutique is offering right now.

Who doesn't love a good bangle? Paired with simpler gold pieces, these tiger inspired bracelets are ultra wearable.

Ribbon-wrapped headbands with glam feathers by Violet Wren. What better way to pump up your ensemble than with plumage in fall colors?

Peasant Jewelry offers a great variety of rustic necklaces and bracelets that are versatile and easy to wear. These pieces feature cute animal charms in a tough and funky way.

This chunky necklace feels a little "Flintstones," but is a chic animal-inspired addition many ensembles.

This gray, black, and brown clutch in alligator is easy to wear with most fall colors. Why use your simple black bag when you can add some drama with something like this?

And if your feeling saucy, why not substitute your plain dress for something more exciting like this leopard print number by 213 Industry. Meow!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Jupe Shoot

We did a photo shoot in downtown Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. Here's a sneak peek at some of the great photos that we got. Hope you enjoy!

Jacket by Tulle and Dress by Kitty
Jacket by Tulle and Dress by 213

Jacket by BB Dakota, Top by LA Made, and Jeans by IT! Jeans

Thanks to John Columbo Photography and our model Natalie Coccia!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


It's time to break out the boots. Here are 4 great ways to wear them.

  • Oxford style booties are great for fall, but tend to make the legs look shorter because they stop at the ankle. Pairing this style with dark tights will help to avoid this problem by creating a continuous line. Dark colors tend to slim the leg as well.

  • Pair flat, slouchy boots with a short, cotton dress. It's cute, casual, and appropriate for Fall. Wear it day or night for an chic look.

  • Tuck your jeans into your boots. This look is best with snug-fitting skinny jeans (even if you only own a pair for this purpose). If you are on the curvier side, try wearing high heel slouchy boots. The extra bulk of the boot will help to balance your proportions and the heels will help to lengthen your legs.

  • Try wearing knee socks with tall boots. This look can be done over tights or leggings with dresses or skirts. Make sure that the socks have a cool pattern: argyle, plaid, really anything goes. And make sure to keep the boot simple to let the socks shine! This is a definitely a different look, and is a great way to add some flavor to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Most importantly, however you decide to rock your boots, do it with confidence!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Timeless: A Night of Style and Fashion

Come out to support the fight against breast cancer at the Philip Pelusi fashion show this Wednesday, October 1st at Priviledge Ultra Lounge! There will be a cocktail hour starting at 7 pm and the show starts at 8:30. Jupe's newest Fall fashions will be featured in the show. Get your tickets at any Philip Pelusi Salon. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. See you there!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"There's no Alternative to being yourself."

Founded in 1996, Alternative Apparel is a t-shirt line that is both fashion forward and socially conscious. This line promotes the idea that t-shirts are more than just a simple and casual piece. Founder Greg Alterman encourages that perfectly designed t-shirts can be accessorized, embellished, and styled to suit any individual and multitudes of occasions. Alterman believes that “free thinking people” can fully express themselves through what they wear and that the expertly tailored, super soft t’s are an excellent vehicle for that.

I couldn’t agree more. All of the Alternative Apparel that we carry here at Jupe is “Vintage Soft” and super comfortable. From the simpler, plain crewnecks, to the burnout tunic and the long sleeve acid wash top (pictured above), these t-shirts have character. And, if the style isn’t enough of a reason to purchase these t’s, you should check out Alternative Earth. This line, Alternative’s “green” option, is made from 100 percent organic cotton. So next time that you are heading out, think about how effortlessly chic an Alternative Apparel t-shirt would be with a great pair of boots and some bold jewelry. Take that t-shirt and make it your own, sista, because, as they say: “There is no Alternative to being yourself."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trend We Love: Sweethearts!

The sweetheart neckline is ultra feminine, delightfully coy, and mildly suggestive. This style emphasizes the natural curved shape of the bust to create a sexy decolletage that somehow retains its innocence. Best on mid to larger chests, this style works to create the sex-appeal that a normal strapless lacks for larger chests. On smaller chests this neckline accentuates femininity and creates curves. Often, dresses with the sweetheart neckline have great structure (like this one from Jupe Boutique). This enhances shape and creates support. Regardless of bust size, fit is very important. A dress of this type should have ample coverage and fit neither too loose, nor too tight. Complement a sweetheart dress with soft flirty curls, a great pair of pumps, and layered bracelets to create a look which manages to be girly, elegant, and effortlessly sexy all at the same time.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Float into Fall

The end of summer is now unavoidable. Here are a few simple ways to keep your favorite warm weather clothes alive for a bit longer....

  • Use scarves and handkerchiefs to give substance to light summer outfits. Wear them long and loose or tied around the neck “cowboy style.”
  • Top your favorite summer dresses and tanks with any of fall’s original, chunky cardigans.

  • Add a cute fedora, bowler, or newsboy cap to freshen up a summer dress.

  • Layer, layer, layer: long sweaters over tiny tanks and dresses.

  • Replace flip-flops with fringed or leather boots and loafers for cooler weather.

  • Add rich hued accessories to any of your summer favorites.
  • Grab one of this season's simple, cropped jackets to layer over flowy summer dresses.

  • Add a vest over any simple summer tee and combine with skinny jeans to create a cute fall look

  • And if all else fails, add tights and leggings to any summer dress for an inexpensive and easy, updated fall look!

(Note: All items are available at Jupe Boutique.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trend We Love: Hippie Headbands

Aside from the thin braid, the latest rage in Hollywood hair fashion seems to be the hippie headband. Worn horizontally over a center part, fashionable celebs can't get enough of this trend. Ashlee Simpson, Nicole Richie, Molly Sims and Stephanie Pratt (of the Hills) are just a few who have been seen sporting the style. Fitting perfectly with the bohemian chic vibe that has been so popular this summer, it is the perfect accessory to bring out one's inner flower child. Looks fab with long maxi dresses and gladiator sandals. So for those brave individuals seeking a 1960's fix, most definitely give these headbands a try.

NOTE: Seems best suited for those with long manes and/or bangs

Friday, August 1, 2008

Head-to-Toe Color?

Reaching the peak of summer heat can only mean one thing: it's time to start shopping for fall. I used to work at a store where it was rumored that they would turn the air conditioning on extra high the first few weeks that they put out the new Fall clothing just to get you in the mood. As you freeze in your tiny tank and short shorts, you can't help but try on a sweater or two, right?... Now as we are sweltering and cool relief can't come soon enough, it is time to consider the new fall lines and trends that will consume us come September. Meandering around on Style.com I came upon an article entitled "A Singular Sensation: Designers Show One Love for Monochromatic Fall Looks." [http://www.style.com/fashionshows/stylehunter/content_7046] The article illustrates one particular look that was seen more than once on the Fall ’08 runways: head to toe; hat, dress, tights, shoes all the same shade of the same color. Now, we aren't talking simple black. I've been a fan of black tights with black pumps or boots since Sienna Miller did it a few years back, but that is a far cry from this new monotone look. The look these designers are showing is head-to-toe gunmetal silver, burnt orange, sapphire blue, winey red, and even prints. Yes. Printed tights to match your favorite dress! What is that age old adage that my mother used to say? Match your shoes to your handbag. Now this just takes matching to a whole new level. It used to be easy to slim your legs with black tights and black pumps with any mini-dress, but now what? Will you be buying your pumps in these fall hues with new tights to match? Is there any part of this trend that can be taken from runway to the real world? And to think, I thought mismatching was the "in" thing.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

How short is too short?

There is one warm weather staple that will always be a classic: the summer dress. This year dresses are showing up in every color, pattern, and length. Super long maxi dresses are a great trend this season, but short dresses are definitely the summer staple. The current trend toward longer tops with looser silhouettes to be worn with skinny jeans or leggings has helped to encourage the shorter hemlines we are now seeing on dresses. As the temperatures rise, it’s easy to neglect the leggings with our mini-dresses. Everyday, customers ask whether or not a piece can be worn as a dress, and there is never a clear answer to that question. Where do we draw the line between a dress, a tunic, or a shirt? How short is too short? What are the factors that tell us what the appropriate length for a dress? Is it age or body shape? Is it whether it is day or night, or is it the event to which we are going? Does it just come down to each individual’s comfort level?