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Bold & Beautiful Print Fashions Are It!

As we enter a brand new season, say goodbye to your dull solid sweaters and hello to exciting new prints.  Colors come together in the form of beautiful pieces like tops, footwear and, lest we forget, diaper bags — all designed to blend with the basic apparel items to give your wardrobe a well-deserved lift!

White And Black in a whole new way Trade in all-black ensembles for an airy off-shoulder top.  The universally-flattering fit works perfect with a straight skirt (business) or capris (lots of fun).  Modern Stripes Blouse ($88) at White House Black Market.

Sunny Shoes See the light.  Get ready for flowered details springing up on haute looks — like these printed chunky-heel pumps.  Choose from 3 color schemes of the Picnic Ready pumps by Poetic Licence ($98.95) at Zappos.


Posh Tropical Prints adorn this delightfully chic magnetic diaper bag set.  Stay fuss-free through Summer with the cargo-pocketed Fiona Diaper Bag; includes insulated bottle keeper, pouch and coordinating changing pad.  Shown here in Watermelon Paisley ($80) at Posh Tots.



Rachel Zoe Talks To Elle + Spring’s “It” Wedges

Rachel Zoe’s ever-fashionable baby-to-be is in for one of fashion’s greatest surprises.  “Boy or girl, I plan to take this child to fashion shows.”  While rumors have swirled all Winter about Rachel accidentally revealing her baby’s sex (a boy), the Project Runway star stylist and longtime husband Rodger Berman are keeping things hushed for now.  However, the couple did agree to a beautiful photo revealing Zoe’s baby bump for’s “The New Modern Family”.

The petite Rachel’s appromixately 8-month pregnant belly was not too much to fit into a feral, zipper-detailed jacket and skirt from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci.  Rodger relaxed, accessorized with rings and Tom Ford pajamas.   When asked by Elle how the baby will be transported to the front row, the stylist replied “Isn’t that what husbands are for?”

Salivating Over Wedges

Rachel Zoe is known for her penchant for mile-high wedges, having been gifted with boots custom designed by contemporary shoe king Brian Atwood.  Find one of her handpicked styles for Piperlime (below) and a refreshingly lovable (and wearable!) printed canvas by Alice + Olivia.

Rachel Zoe loves Giglio


See through to your pedicure with this perforated leather peep-toe wedge that goes with Spring’s non-scary florals and  new tan slacks.  Rachel Zoe’s pick: Mea Shadow Giglio Wedge at Piperlime.


Leopard Print Canvas Wedge Alice + Olivia

Leopard Print Canvas Wedge Alice + Olivia

A Summer must-have lies within a chunky platform of wear-worthy canvas by one of contemporary fashion’s most innovative young designers.  Get your hands on the Alice + Olivia Animal Print Canvas Wedge, available for pre-order at Saks.

Fringe Accessories You’ll Love – Late Winter and Spring 2011

The Essential Lifestyle Boot.

Leather riding-inspired footwear has all the details and comfort you need to walk  straight through to Spring. House of Harlow 1960 Tessa over-knee boot, available at Singer22.

Wild western fringes and 1920s-inspired fray — what do they stand for?  The latest in Winter/Spring accessory trends, of course.

As boutiques beef up their Spring 2011 fashions, your favorite ensembles become easy to accessorize.    Stylish specialty trims make outfits pop.. so do fringes draped on a necklace that sashays as you move!   The exotic look of fringe is a super-easy way to update your wardrobe without dipping too far into funds.  Get a fringed look going for any occasion from daytime to dancing.  These accessories and boots also serve as maternity-friendly style!

To avoid overkill, stick to one or two fringed accessories at a time: A pair of shoes or oversize necklace with coordinating dangle earrings.  Mix and match pieces to create a beautiful bohemian-inspired presentation.


Nifty Tweed is back for a posh and ladylike Spring.  Wear this classic hobo bag for shopping or stuff with towels for poolside convenience.  St. John Collection Tweed Hobo, available for pre-order at Nordstrom.

The classy and fabulous hobo.

Party Time

Tassle It Up with museum-worthy collectible neckwear. Tassel Exhibit Necklace by Rada is a head-turner that doesn’t carry the price of platinum.  Available at Anthropologie.

Fashionable art you’ll keep forever.

Choose Your Colors! Monochrome Apparel Trends

Picking our favorite color scheme can be as big of a decision as choosing the best color crayon..  and even greater fun.

Now that the trendsetting-est boutiques have begun to gear up for Spring/Summer 2011, the fashions premiering on our favorite sites are unabashedly vibrant.  Don’t be surprised to find that one-color fashion will look extremely glamorous with dainty, chic hosiery and the right kind of heels.  Find fascinating trends such as striking accessories, weather-beating parkas and blouses of silk.  Tip: Mixing different designers and/or fabric types will keep any monochrome look from getting too matchy-matchy.

Color 1: The Reds Have I t

The stylish experts at Shopbop have matched up pristine, wearable pieces to create a look that’s ready for the runway.. or everyday.

Wear it Button-down silk blouse by Equipment (shown here in Poppy); pleated Yolanda sweater skirt, Marc by Marc Jacobs.   Available at Shopbop.

Add a carry-all hobo with a scarf built in.  Slouchy fabric hobo by Hinge, $98 at Nordstrom.

Color 2: Fascinating Fuchsia

A favorite hue for Winter is reinvented into Spring and Summer’s trendy apparel choices.  Relax with ladylike tops, flats and stellar accessories.  Embellished flutter tunic ($48) by Daniel Rainn, available at Piperlime; leather Poppy wristlet by Coach.

Get into the season’s newest leather.. suede. Anja suede platform sandal at Bakers.

Color 3: Cool Blues

This season, your favorite classics shimmer in jeweltone shades.  Sparkle Plenty bead necklace ($75) by Kate Spade, available now at Piperlime.   Classy, sexy Halston Heritage elastine-blend shirred dress is Sapphire ($295) at Singer22.  For accessories, add even more classic chic with a new twist.   At top: Check out the Burberry Ombre Check Mini Crossbody Bag, $550 at Bloomindales.

Spring 2011 Shoes We Love

Late Winter is the ideal time to start dreaming of glimmering platforms and funky, stylish sneakers.  These Spring shoe looks are both wearable and runway worthy, designed to outlast all the bustle of sunny (or rainy) Spring days.

A Heel Chunky Enough not to get stuck in the mud, or sidewalk cracks.  Easy to zip, this neutral color sandal take a bunch o’ hassle of of looking good.  Million Cutout Sandal by Franco Sarto, $109 at Piperlime.

Get Ready For Bathing

These red carpet flip flops are designed to fit every mood.  Vix Swimwear Ipanema Sandals (shown here in leopard Toulouse Jade and striped Jen prints), $44 each at Singer22.

British and Beautiful

An espadrille wedge with classic glamor.  Get ready for the Hamptons sand.. or the sandbox.  Canvas Wedge Sandal by Burberry, $395 at Saks.

Tahiti Bound Resort Looks You’ll Wear

Happy New Year!

Resort 2011 is, by far, one of the quickest, easiest ways to chase away Winter blues. Our favorite boutiques are bursting with deepened jewel colors and gorgeous island silks. Indulge in a little heat with the latest resortwear, in styles that you actually will wear and use! Now if only the icicles above the front porch would go away.

At the top: Just Enough Floral print makes this silk tunic beautiful, just like an island getaway.  Exchange the ribbon belt with any of yours to always achieve a small-waisted look.  Silk Flower Tunic, $129 at Bebe.

The Silken Clutch

Globetrotting designer Diane Von Furstenberg creates a trend yet again with watercolor-print silk, perfect for a tropical rendezvous.  Take the Lytton Thai Silk Minaudiere Clutch with you long after the vacation is through.  $295 at Shopbop.

Sandals Under $20 Leather metallic flowers at the right price.  Easy-on Floral Bloom Thong in 2 colors, $17.85 at Banana Republic.

So Denim!

Denim for nursing, denim for shoes!  Take some time out of post-holiday vacation to explore new denim for moms in the form of footwear, jeans and other pre-washed cotton favorites any mother is sure to adore   Enjoy a chic runway of comfort with the latest looks  at a variety of prices.

Denim Platform Under $20

Sexy resort shoes that cost less than a pedicure.  Xhilaration’s nailhead design decorates a chunky, sturdy heel that’s wearable with anything from vacationing poolside terrycloth to silken printed couture.   Step out with the low-priced, yet fabulous Tailyann Heeled Denim Sandals, $19.99 now at Target.

High-Waist Denim Trouser

So sleek, they’re perfect for office casual.. or playroom dress-up.  This denim trouser is not low enough to bare undies and not high enough to be the stereotypical (and grossly underflattering) mom jean.  Celebrate with icon denim label Seven For All Mankind 10th Anniversary Ginger High Waisted Denim Trouser, $325 at

Nursing Denim

This stretchy nursing cover is the perfect blendable accessory for any fashionable ensemble.  Pre-washed Black Denim Nursing Cover by Buggy Bell is fit to conceal where it counts; $15 at Etsy.

Hot Mom Jessica Alba for Michigan Avenue Magazine

In case we didn’t have enough reasons to praise the young actress, mother and model, Jessica Alba is the newest celeb to be styled into a drop-dead breathtaking cover for lifestyle and beauty mag Michigan Avenue.  Alba, who is often photographed during travel with daughter Honor, now 2, has been making headlines in media since her teen days in Seventeen magazine. 

The  stunning magazine cover (below) features leather stilettos by Michael Kors and a deeply textural knit dress by Jen Kao.   Other looks include a skirt by Marc Jacobs (shown above) and pumps by Brian Atwood.  Despite her profound “sexiest actress” image (her many cover shoots include Maxim and Cosmopolitan), Jessica joked via Twitter about her diet of neutral clothing giving her an old lady appearance.  “I think there’s a certain age where you’re not allowed to wear fluorescents and foil”, she explains to Michigan Avenue.

Accessory Rush

High fashion bangle bracelets give a unique sense of glamor to otherwise low-key bohemian looks.  Get Jess’s bangles at a price that won’t rock your wallet.  Beaded brass coil bracelet with satin finish, ABS by Allen Schwartz, $150 at Saks.

Clothing Gift Ideas Kids Will Actually Want

For many households, the holidays mean a major abundance of dancing toys, powerful video games and other goods — all with a trend life that lasts about as long as slap bracelets did.   If you’re looking for lasting wearable gifts that kids will not only like, but use.. look no further than our Juvenile Fashion Gift Guide.

Wear Their Favorite Tales — Under $15!

You will not be disappointed by the quality of these adorable (and collectible) 2-fer tees, complete with scenes from their favorite Dr. Seuss books.  Find several varieties of rich-colored  Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham 2-Fer Tees for girls and boys;  $14.99 at Dillards.

 The Coolest Winter Coat Ever

To them: A totally fun and comfy skate style.   To you:  A water-resistant protective coat with up to 120 grams of insulation and extendable sleeves.  Paul Frank Skurvy Insulated Jacket in Cyan Plaid; $100 at

Be A Snow Fairy

She’ll be the coziest fashionista this side of the Artic.  Choose from 6 shades of the Kamik Kids Snowfairy Boot, from hot pink to navy and basic black.  $64.95 at


Hippy Haute With Your Little Ones

Coordinating the latest trends with your child’s wardrobe is a far cry from mother-child outfits of decades past.   Our favorite shopping boutiques make it easy todress your best bohemian chic with the kids — after all, fashion is even more fun when it’s shared!

Give It A Chance – Peace, That Is

For You

Wildfox ponchos and tees have become a cult fave among starlets of all ages, including actress mom Halle Berry and Katy Perry (Alessandra Ambrosio has been seen wearing the Peace Poncho around NYC).   This creamy sleeved poncho is comfy enough to become a grab-and-go favorite with denim or footless tights — layer a slinky sweater underneath to chase the chill.  Peace Poncho by Wildfox Couture White Label $168 at Boutique to You.

For Her

The ultimate in hippie-glam; a trendy dolman-sleeve look with softness of a t-shirt.  Flowers by Zoe Sequin Peace Top, $42.95 at

For Him

Inspirational embroidery and the goodness of pure cotton — all the best for little guys.   The supecute Peace Sign Beanie that won’t itch or squeeze; $9.99 at

Perfect Sweaters

It’s a dress!  It’s a tunic..  it’s your favorite wear-anywhere staple for Winter.   Empire-waist Iceland Air Sweater Dress, $148 at Free People.

Bohemian  Dressing  for Her

A perfectly  colorful knit dress that’s appropriate for dinner.. or that fast-paced birthday party.  College Girl Dress by Deux par Deux, $66 at

Ugg Knits For All

Uggs are long-wearing, cozy..  and  back with funky texture.

For You

The  Cresthaven Boot by Ugg features a small platform for traction; wear it scrunched or tall.   $200 at Ugg Australia.

Slouchy Style for Them Both

She (or he) will revel  in 4 color  combinations of the  toddler’s  sweater-style Tall Striped Knit Cable Boot, $120.  Let your future stylists practice their buttons while they cuff/uncuff the popular Cardy Boot in 3 colors, $120.  Both available at Ugg Australia.