There are two things that rarely go together: travel and wrinkle-free garments. In fact, wrinkles and travel have a natural affinity for each other that often leaves us totally frustrated and, quite frankly, looking a mess. That is until we discovered the totally sweet — and totally practical — Jendarling bags, designed exclusively for toting your shoes, dresses, sweaters, and the rest of your wardrobe along for travel. Not to mention that all of the label's travel-chic gear is also environmentally-friendly. Just mark this under your travel musts — and head to Jendarling to shop the goodies!
Being that I'm always cold, and don't want to sacrifice style to stay warm, I love it when I find a piece that blends cozy with chic. American Apparel's thigh-high socks are one such discovery, and my new favorite obsession is these Aprés Collective Cropped Moto Jackets ($285 each). Besides keeping you super comfy and fashionable — check out the cool thumb holes — it can be worn a variety of ways, so you get way more looks for your buck. I own the Winter white version and wear it on the streets and the slopes!
As if I needed more fabulous Proenza Schouler items to drool over, the boys are back with some exclusive pieces just in time for the holidays. Expanding on their super-successful Mochila PS1, Proenza Schouler has just released the more affordable Mochila Wallet ($145). Available in red, black, and turquoise, you can now get the same gorgeous, intricate design for a lot less cash. Grab your (old) wallet and shop the pretty pieces now.
By now, you're probably familiar with Mondo Guerra, the charismatic Project Runway season eight finalist. Mondo announced his HIV-positive status on the show and is using his newfound celebrity to gain awareness for AIDS research. So, he's designed two super-stylish, limited-edition tees ($50) for Piperlime that are available today — World AIDS Day. The designs infuse Mondo's bold style and energetic graphics, and for every tee sold, Piperlime will donate $20 to amfAR. There are only 300 of them, so what are you waiting for? Head over to Piperlime now to grab a tee and do your part.
If you're trying to achieve a youthful vibe while maintaining an air of chic, behold these mittens from Kate Spade's Holiday 2010 collection. Besides being quirky and adorable, they bring me back to the days when all I had to worry about was finishing homework and catching the bus on time. But really, what better way to hail a cab, initiate a high five, or start a snowball fight than with these little gems? I can't wait to wear the Taxi Mittens ($65) on those days when my teeth are chattering — and I've missed the bus.
We've raved about Australian jewelry brand Polli's delicate pieces before, and now we're at it again, this time crushing on their latest Double Dutch collection. Made in stainless steel and kohl gold, they're inspired by quirky, cute Amsterdam. A bicycle pendant, bicycle earrings, and Amsterdam buildings in the form of earrings and necklaces, are a super cheeky way to accessorize yourself. I can't wait to wear the Kohl Gold Bicycle Pendant ($53) while riding my stylish bike around the city.
Nan Fusco, a Laguna Beach-based jewelry extraordinaire, has done it again. She has managed to impress us with her ability to create bling that's super au courant and versatile. Her latest addition is this Double Bling Necklace/Bracelet/Ring ($235). It has the chameleon-like ability to be three necklaces — one short, one choker, and one extra long lariat-style — not to mention a bracelet-cum-ring. When you break it down, you're really only paying about $60 per piece, which isn't too bad.
Who knew your next paper cut could be an opportunity for a fashion statement? But Cynthia Rowley's limited-edition dress-up Band-Aids are just that, a chic little bandage — and accessory — in one. Each Band-Aid tin contains 20 assorted bandage styles, available for $10 — would you sport them? One dollar from the sale of each will go to help Design Ignites Change, an organization that works with high school and college students in design and architecture projects to address social issues in their communities. Blinged-out Band-Aids plus healing power.
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With each passing season comes a new trend, a new silhouette, a new way to wear a classic. Case in point: in the past few years we've seen the boot evolve from the bootie to over-the-knee and back again, and now, everything goes. Obviously keeping up isn't easy, or always affordable, but Messeca Seena Boot ($199) offers a Fab solution: one supple leather mid-heeled boot with two zip-away inserts, creating three adjustable boot heights. Go from bootie to calf boot to knee-high boot with just a zip-zip. You can always chop your boot to change up your look, but if you're not out for permanent change, this offers the versatility without commitment. No additional spending required.
You love your low-rise denim but you don't love that it reveals your thong every time you sit down. I hear you. That's why I'm happy to introduce you to the My Panteez Barely There Thongs ($18 each). In the center, it's regular underwear — made from eco-friendly bamboo fiber — but the sides are totally invisible! Not only can you wear them under low-rise styles, but also with frocks and skirts with side cutouts. Fabulous. Oh, and calling all models: here's your chance at becoming the new face of My Panteez — get all the details.