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Accessories, FashionRetroEyeWorks

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I’ve been getting an odd compliment lately…at least odd in the sense that I’ve never had so many people comment on this before: I really like our glasses! Where are they from!? 

“Really?” I would usually reply, “You really think glasses are cute?” I don’t know about other glasses wearers, but I’ve always had a bit of a complex about being in public in glasses. They always struck me as a little frumpy and unpolished, but compared to a long, hard day in contacts, they sure are comfy! And now people were actually complimenting me on them, saying they look stylish instead of dorky–I had finally found the right frames for me! READ MORE

Celebrities, Fashion, Fitness & Health, New York, ShoesSlip into Ballet Beautiful

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If you’re not familiar with Ballet Beautiful by now, you should be. Owner and former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers counts Zooey Deschanel, Liv Tyler, Kirsten Dunst and several Victoria’s Secret models among her svelte celebrity clients — and she helped tone Natalie Portman for Black Swan. Her latest offering: These gorgeous satin ballet slippers made by Porselli for Ballet Beautiful. I immediately thought “gift!” as soon as I saw them. They’re perfect for dance enthusiasts and those who just want to have the best. If you’re interested, get to the website now because they are selling out. (They also carry leather slippers.) READ MORE

Celebrities, Fashion, Los Angeles, ShoppingAll Tie-Dyed Up with Raquel Allegra

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What happens when you combine artisan California roots and vintage T-shirt savvy with luxurious fabrics such as as deerskin, cashmere and French lace? Ridiculously cool clothes, that’s what!

Known for beautifully textured, almost cinematic designs that constitute wearable art, Raquel Allegra is fast attracting celebrity clientele (Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum, the Olsens) and grabbing the attention of fashion editors across the globe (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, the list goes on). Her signature shredding technique produces a texture reminiscent of torn cheesecloth. Her sophisticated tie-dye pieces evoke Rorschach tests, X-rays and fossils. Her thin, cocoon-like silk and linen pieces are so soft, you’ll want to live in them. One of my favorite pieces: This sexy halter dress. READ MORE

Accessories, Fashion, Gift Guides, Jewelry, Los AngelesThe Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: Alphabet Necklaces

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If you’re browsing Mother’s Day gift articles this week, you’re probably seeing a lot of gift baskets, flower-shaped garden tools and cooking supplies. Cute and useful, but not particularly glamorous right? At times like these, I look to jewelry designers Ariel Gordon and Maya Brenner, the go-to gals for basic, stylish and very wearable pieces … like alphabet necklaces!

Oh wait, Mom has plenty of jewelry? She doesn’t need more? I beg to differ. Sometimes, even the pickiest moms appreciate a piece of well-crafted jewelry — especially if it’s something she can wear every day and layer with her existing collection. Plus, every time she looks in the mirror or receives a compliment, she’ll think of you! READ MORE

Fashion, Shoes, ShoppingShortie Wants an Ankle Strap

elizabeth and james toni nude ankle strap sandalsBeing under 5′ 4″, I try to avoid shoes with ankle straps for fear they will make me look even shorter — but I simply can’t resist the Spring 2013 ankle strap sandal trend! My choice for short gals? The elegant Elizabeth and James Toni Ankle Strap Bare Sandal in Nude. Its thin, flesh-colored cowhide leather straps don’t break the line of your leg like a thicker printed or black sandal would.

At $298, they’re a bit of an investment, but here’s how I look at it: They have a curved 4-inch heel (with a .25-inch platform), so they’ll be slightly easier to walk in than say, the $45 Michael Antonio Jaxine Rep, which has a straighter 4.25-inch heel and no platform. (FYI, I strongly considered the latter.) And ultimately, a shoe like this is worth an investment. The style will last for years and go with everything. I plan to pair them with pastel cropped skinny jeans and practically every cocktail dress I own.

FashionChaps Challenge

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A month ago Chaps reached out to me with a style challenge — seeing that I now have a separate blog dedicated just to my personal outfits, I obviously could not say no. This spring, Chaps is all about two closet staples that every gal should own — the cardigan and the capri. How very Audrey Hepburn!

Of course the two items would go perfectly well together by themselves but as a city gal, I wanted to create both a weekday (fashion forward) and weekend (totally relaxed) look out of the pieces. See below how I styled the classics in my own way!

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Accessories, Eco & Organic, Fashion, Jewelry, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: ELK Jewelry

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Accessories, Celebrities, Fashion, Jewelry, New YorkIwona Ludyga Designs

Iwona Ludyga Wide Nude BraceletBeing on a rather tight clothing budget (yay, tax month!), I’ve decided to invest in jewelry as a way to change up the outfits I have. We’ll see how this plan goes, but so far, it’s opened my eyes to a lot more great jewelry designers. My latest subject of intrigue? Iwona Ludyga Designs.

Several of this Polish designer’s delicate yet eye-catching pieces were spotted on Olivia Wilde this month both on the street and at the Marie Claire April Cover Party. I love that each necklace, earring, bracelet or ring is both delicate and quirky, which makes them great for adding a colorful, eccentric touch to an otherwise classic ensemble. They also layer well, and can be used to dress any outfit up or down without looking gaudy.

Currently, I’m debating snapping up a Tribal Wide Nudes Bracelet (above) or a few Fleur Noir Rings, which I wish I knew about years ago when I was looking for a unique, twig-like wedding band. But there are so many other great pieces to choose from — all of which will be a hit year-round.

Iwona Ludyga Designs is available online at iwonaludygadesign.com or in select stores nationwide.

FashionObsession of the Moment: T+J Designs Blue Crystal Spike Necklace

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Accessories, Fashion, Los Angeles, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Stone and Cloth

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