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AccessoriesRaffia Clutch by ECHO

If you’re looking to jump on the clutch trend without breaking the bank, we love this Hibiscus Clutch by ECHO. The woven straw detail and bright patent trim are just the thing for those hot summer nights, and at almost 10″ x 5″, this cutie will easily do double-duty as a day clutch too.

Our pick is this gorgeous geranium shade (pictured above), but the lovely hot pink also works oh-so-well with the neon trends for spring. Both would be just darling with a sundress, or even a cute little cocktail dress, for the right outdoor event. It’s also a can’t-miss option for any tropical travel you might have on the agenda.

Best of all, you can pick it up for under $50. Now that’s fashion math we love doing!

ShoppingIn the mood for sale-ing?

For our beauty addicts out there, Beauty.com just launched a fabulous new promo we had to let you know about. With a $75 purchase, you’ll score a gorgeous batik cosmetic bag, designed by Jenni Kayne, and packed with loads of free beauty goodies. Our faves are the Murad Renewal Home Facial Treatment and the Caudalie Gentle Conditioning Shampoo (perfect for our travel bag), and those Boscia Rose Blotting Linens are just the thing for the hot summer days ahead. Head over to Beauty.com now to snag this fantastic giveaway…while supplies last, of course!

Plus, if you’re up for some shopping around time, check out the sales including Lauren Merkin, Dolce Vita, Ralph Lauren Home, Bill Blass, Donna Karan and READ MORE

Beauty, MakeupShimmer Brick Compact

I’d been hearing so much about the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact lately that I finally just couldn’t take it any more, and had to try it for myself. Friends had raved that it had near-magical qualities to brighten, highlight, and just generally make your skin look amazing – with almost no effort on your part.

After trying it, I have to admit: the stuff is pretty fantastic. I have just about the palest skin imaginable, so I tried out the pink shade. It works as something between a bronzer, highlighter and blush; I actually use it for all three. If you use the right brush, you can even use each of the shades separately as an eye color. I do so love a product that multi-tasks. When I’m feeling really lazy, I just throw a little on my cheeks and forehead, add a bit of mascara, and call it good.

In all, the Shimmer Brick Compact is an excellent way to spend $38 of your beauty budget. You can pick up any or all of the colors at Bobbi Brown’s website.

BeautyThink Pink

Beauty icon Bobbi Brown has created a gorgeous palette of colors that is absolutely perfect for the naturally-flushed looks of spring. The Pink Raspberry Face Palette comes with two eyeshadows, two lip colors and a blush, all expertly designed to work together flawlessly.

I can honestly say this is the first pre-designed palette of makeup I’ve ever owned, in which I loved literally everything. The blush, which looks a little frighteningly fuschia in the palette, is actually my favorite thing in the palette. The color goes on gorgeous and gives you that naturally flushed look. The eye colors are designed to accent what you already have, rather than shine on their own. The ivory-toned “Navajo” color highlights, while “Fog” is designed to accent around your lashes. And the lip colors are gorgeous separately or blended. Bonus: you can go to Brown’s website and view a video on how to maximize the benefits in this classic set.

In all, this is one kit that won’t end up at the bottom of your makeup drawer. I also think it would make a fabulous gift for a spring bride; it definitely gives you that innocent, “in love” look. Pick it up solo for $55, or head to Neiman Marcus, which is stocking a version that includes the palette, a lip liner, gloss, mascara, and all of your brushes, for $171.

Accessories, Fashion, ShoesKiller Deals at Barefoot Tess

Our darling friends over at Barefoot Tess are just determined to max our credit cards this month. From now until March 1, use code “TDO50 to save…get this…50% on just about everything on the site. I hardly know where to begin, but I know I’m stopping in my tracks at those gorgeous (and brand new for Resort ’08) Olivia boots from Loeffler Randall. The gorgeous light grey color is just perfect for spring!

There are a few exclusions, but they’re all noted on the main page, and on each shoe’s page as well. Happy hunting!

Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Jenni Kayne

Style.com called Jenni Kayne’s fall ’08 collection a mixture of grunge and 1940s-inspired menswear. I saw more of an 80s influence than 40s, but to be honest, I had a hard time coming up with any sort of cohesive theme for Kayne’s fall line.

Overall, this was a tough collection for me to fully appreciate, though there were a few inspired pieces mixed in. My picks were the stunning, full-length color-block jersey gown, a striking take on the classic double-breasted suit, and a beautifully tailored (if otherwise unremarkable) long, black boatneck column dress.

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Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Zac Posen

Zac Posen’s show was definitely one of the more dramatic of Fashion Week, but once you got past the “Minnie Mouse goes Manhattan” feel, you could see that there actually was some inspiration hidden in the madness.

Posen’s fall line was definitely a nod to the girly girl in all of us – loads of frilly, poufy skirts, pleats, beads, sequins, and all other things feminine and sweet. But he reined it in just enough by adding a touch of entertainment with the pompoms-turned-mouse-ears and a touch of sexy with super-sheer dresses revealing sequined garter belts. All in all, it was a fun, cohesive show…though it took me some time to realize it.

Scoot right past that sheath dress sequined with a tromp l’oeil tuxedo and beyond the crazy feather cape. Stop dead in your tracks when you spy that gorgeous, filmy black evening gown with the incredibly ruching and that lovely sweetheart neckline. Ditto that stunning red and grey strapless gown that’s Posen’s nod to the classic princess ballgown. And don’t miss that beautiful, bright canary yellow miniskirt detailed with oversized jewels. Oh, and did you catch those orange tights…again?!

In all, this isn’t a show you’ll necessarily take word for word…but there are more ideas and inspiration here than almost any other single show this week.

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Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Vera Wang

It seems like every season, Vera Wang’s collections start to look more like her closet. Her fall ’08 line was filled with items that could easily have been snatched right out of her wardrobe. The problem with that is that Vera’s style is very…Vera. Not everyone can pull off endless layers, leggings under absolutely everything, and generally shapeless clothing. Nor do they want to. But for die-hard fans of Vera’s personal style her fall collection should be a dream come true.

For the rest of us, there were a couple of really gorgeous evening dresses and some beautifully tailored all-black ensembles. We did see that burnt sienna/pumpkin color in a few places in the show, however – that’s definitely the color to watch for fall. But as a collection, there was very little to tempt my wallet.

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Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Derek Lam

Derek Lam is fashion’s latest golden boy (a Michael Kors protege, CFDA new designer award winner, and accessories designer for Tod’s), so there were nothing less than sky-high expectations for his fall 2008 line. Fortunately, he didn’t disappoint.

True to his training, Lam creates incredibly wearable, covetable classics that will see you through much more than the upcoming fall season. The tone of the show was dark, almost somber; there was a definite military inspiration to the collection. I also got the feeling Lam has been spending too much time in Manhattan, headquarters for black attire. But what the show lacked in color, it more than made up for in detail. Every black piece was impeccably tailored, with exquisite detailing. You’ll notice a new signature for this collection — virtually every piece showed off a flirty, girly hem peeking out from a relatively masculine silhouette.

Since I’m a West Coast girl, I was more drawn to the pieces with color. I loved the beige, military-inspired overcoat with elbow-length sleeves (I’m beginning to think I’m going to have to have the sleeves on all of my coats shortened), the striped fur jacket, and a striking new take on the classic black wrap dress (DVF, eat your heart out!). Also, watch out for that gorgeous grey herringbone wool corset top, which would be an amazing addition to any wardrobe.

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Fashion, Fashion WeekNew York Fashion Week FA08: Narcisco Rodriguez

The fall collection from Narcisco Rodriguez was much more striking than I was expecting, though I wonder how much of it had to do with the staging. So far, it’s the only show I’ve seen presented with a completely white set. The result was really extraordinary — it gave the clothes a much stronger winter feel and really allowed the color in the collection to shine through.

Rodriguez chose a gorgeous pumpkin orange (which we’ve seen in several collections so far so start stocking up on this stunning hue now!) and a beautiful slate blue to mix in with the traditional black and grey fall/winter palette. What I love about the orange used in this collection, as with the others we’ve seen, is it’s the most wearable shade of orange I’ve ever come across. Not at all overpowering, I think you could easily pull off, say, Rodriguez’s fabulous orange overcoat with a black boot, and not feel Halloween-inspired at all.

There was also a lot of white in the collection, which always shocks me a bit in a fall show. But the pieces were beautifully done, and if anyone could convince me to trudge through mid-winter slush in all white, it would be Rodriguez, with his gorgeous wool shift dress. No chance of my pairing it with his open-toed, mega-strap sandals, though…I can only take fashion so far.

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