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Spring Fashion: Got the Blues

1_blue_01_23_08_3I don’t know about you but I am ready for Spring in a big way. And there’s nothing that makes me feel happier than sunshine and bright colors. The it color for Spring ’08 is cobalt blue. You’ll see it on handbags, tops, dresses, skirts and shoes. If it’s blue, it’s hot … or cool?

If you like to plan ahead, stock up all things blue right now. So when the clouds break you’ll be ready to go. Or, be daring and get a head start on Spring. Wear blue to brighten up a cold winter day.

Gustto Farebbia Bag
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Sweet Robin Alexandra Top
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Jovovich-Hawk Zoe Dress
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Metallic Python Handbag
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Splendid Modal Lycra Dress
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Rory Edelman Blouse
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Belisi Blue Ice Silk Scarf
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Tie Dye ... can you dig it?

There are some things you just don't think will ever come back into style--like overalls and neon colored clothes. But then some fresh-faced designer decides to reinvent, and hopefully improve, a style from days gone by. Is tie dye one of these styles that will make its way back into the mainstream? Can a trend so obnoxious to begin with ever earn critical acclaim?

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Stella McCartney designs for LeSportsac

I bought my first LeSportsac six years ago and it’s is still my favorite lightweight tote (my DVF being my favorite heavyduty travel bag). It’s classic, practical and stylish. It gives hope that we can live without leather … okay, maybe not. It comes as no surprise that environmentally responsible designer Stella McCartney has designed a collection of bags for LeSportsac, which will debut on LeSportsac.com in February (right around the corner ladies!).

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Turn your laptop into an accessory

Whether you're a student, work in the corporate world or are an artist or designer, a computer is a big part of your day. If you're anything like me, you like to personalize things, especially when it comes to accessories. As a writer, I bring my laptop with me virtually everywhere. Even though I have it in a sleeve, it gets tossed around and eventually scratched up. Not cool! And while my Mac is trendy, it looks like everyone else's Mac at the coffee shop. I take time selected jewelry that expresses my individual style, why not extend this philosophy to all of my accessories?

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Golden Globe Winners and the Best Dressed Celebrities

So the Golden Globes was an hour long "press conference" ...  we can still critique what celebrities wear right? Of course! Here is my list of the best-dressed actresses:

Katie Holmes

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Nicole Kidman

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Reese Witherspoon

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Lucy Liu

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Rachel Bilson

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Cashmere Mafia trend alert

Cashmere_mafia_juliet_draper_5_2Unique ways to wear scarves

Caitlin Dowd (actress Bonnie Sommerville) of the hit show Cashmere Mafia proudly sported a growing trend of wearing silk scarves around the wrist. In the episode "Conference Call", Ms. Sommerville sported a silk scarf around her wrist. 1057058680_b05ae091cb_mAll of these ladies are trend setters. This fashion forward cast is all about playing up their female assets with sexy skirts and bold accessories like scarfs, gloves, bracelets, necklaces, oversized sunglasses, and statement-making Gucci handbags. What I love about this show is that each character's storyline is interesting, without any character outshining the other (at least not yet anyway). Comparing the wardrobe from the upcoming Sex & the City movie to that of the Cashmere Mafia make the SATC ladies look like they're shopping last season's sample sales. Oh and Women's Murder Club? Forget about it. 

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Become a fashion designer

A fashion design contest you could actually win! No TV reality show drama required!

Adamlippes_2 Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? I know I have, although after watching a few seasons of Project Runway, I don't think I'm cracked up to handle the drama of the sewing room! Plus, I can't sew a hem to save my life. I'll leave that to Mr. Pucci and Mr. Armani, thank you. But if you think you have what it takes, enter your fabulous dress design to the Glam.com Be Discovered: Design a Dress contest.  But hurry, designs must be received by 6 p.m. PT on February 5, 2008. Then the voting goes to the people. Glam.com and MSN viewers will vote on the best designs. The winner will be flown to New York City to receive a $500 gift certificate to Lord & Taylor, and will have the opportunity to apprentice with ADAM Adam Lippes design studio. Get to drawing!

::A. Covington for Belisi Fashions

Designer clothes on sale … in your size!

Designer sales delivered to your inbox

Illustration_2 Go ahead, shop it to me. No seriously. Shop It To Me is a new service that sends you emails when your favorite brands go on sale in your size. It’s like a free online personal shopper. While there are only certain designers to choose from, they have some really good ones like Prada, Ella Moss, Tahari, and Gucci from retailers like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Banana Republic, Zappos and Bluefly.  You’ll get an email either daily or weekly (depending on what you choose) when designer jeans, dresses, skirts, tops, shoes, handbags and jewelry go on sale in your size.

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Oversized handbags ... in or out?

Okay, take a deep breath; oversized handbags are still in … for now. According to an Omiru poll, 60 percent of readers cast their vote in favor of the big bag trend. A shocking 27 percent said the trend (one of my favorites in a long time by the way) is on its way out. Ouch! I am holding out hope that my oversized investments will hold their show value for a couple more seasons at least. I hightly doubt that with so many women dropping hundreds (and thousands) on big handbags are going to accept the ousting order of this popular trend without a fight.

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Fashion New Year's Resolutions

Give yourself a mini fashion makeover

Resolutions take on many forms; the good news is that they don't all have to include giving up cheesecake and your morning lattes.

Now is the time to set your fashion New Year's Resolutions, and start 2008 with your best (and most stylish) foot forward.

1. Clean out your closet. As the nights get colder, you need something to do right? Why not get a jump start on Spring cleaning? Donate, consign or give away clothes you haven't worn in a year or are too big/small.

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