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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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FashionObsessed? You’re Not Alone

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When my partner-in-blogging-crime Connie came up with the name “The Daily Obsession” for our site seven years ago, I had some reservations about the name. “Are you sure it doesn’t sound like a creepy guy peering at you from around dark corner,” I asked, “maybe waiting to attack with the latest airbrush foundation?” As it turns out, my girl was way ahead of her time as these past few years we’ve seen more and more columns pop up on other blogs and magazine sites utilizing what is apparently fashion’s favorite word — obsess. Last week, The New York Times even published an article on the history and evolution of the word, which of course I paid particular interest to and found fascinating. In other words, I was obsessed with the article about being obsessed!

So…”when and why did this verb, which once connoted a serious psychological disorder, become hijacked by the fashionable young women (and a few men) of America?” Read on to find out!

(Image: Johanna Goodman/ NYT)

Fashion, New York, ShoppingChristina Caradona for Valentina Shah

valentina shahIt’s always fun to see a fellow blogger snag a modeling gig with a cool brand. In this case, I’m referring to actress, model and Trop Rouge blogger Christina Caradona, the new face of Ready to Wear designer Valentina Shah‘s Spring-Summer 2013 collection, which debuted this month.

Already seen on celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cindy Crawford, Valentina Shah clothing is an sexy hybrid of old world beauty, inspired by Valentina’s days in Rome uncovering her grandmother’s vintage pieces, and modern chic, likely inspired by her 10+ years as a fashion executive. I was immediately drawn to this collection — her second thus far — because of its timelessness and versatility. READ MORE

FashionThe Perfect Chambray Shirt

ChambrayBefore even hellos, I blurted out”I love your shirt!” to Caroline, the lovely PR girl showing me the latest in Paterson J. Kincaid. And the subject of my admiration was the perfect chambray shirt, with   descriptors like “just the right amount” of fade, slightly structured but not too structured, and with slight boyfriend appeal, thanks to the dropped shoulders. Part of The Man Repeller’s collaboration with PJK, the shirt is versatile to be worn in man-repelling ways (like say, if you wanted to wear it Texas Tuxedo style with more denim) or in man-attracting ways (to a spring music festival with loads of jewelry or with a pencil skirt to the office for more casual days.) My favorite detail of the shirt are the the beaded “friendship bracelet” style ornate cuffs. You can get your perfect shirt here.

The Daily Obsession draws from the expertise of a coast-to-coast editorial team offering dedicated readers reports of the most luxurious products and trends. We provide sophisticated and relevant angles on the latest fashion trends, must-have beauty products, insider interviews, travel destinations and of course, our current obsessions.

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