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Trend Spotlight: Bigger, Better and Bolder Earrings

Chunky necklaces are out. Make room for this year’s new statement accessory— big, bold earrings. It’s time to call some attention to your face and make a real statement. Fashion Spotlight shows you how.



Trend Alert: Big Earrings

Trend Alert: Bigger, Better and Bolder Earrings

Trend Alter: Bigger, Better and Bolder Earrings








Obamarific Style



Invest in one of these stylish totes and t-shirts to celebrate one of the most important days this January 20th in American history – the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Made in the good old US of A, these items were created by some of today’s top designers. All for such incredible prices too. I love me some Obama and if you do too, get your hand on one of these chic pieces to show your support. After all, it’s the best day to be Obamarific!



White Is the New Black


Award show season has finally arrived. And you know what this means… we get to go gaga over all those gorgeous gowns worn by the tinsel ladies of Hollywood. While there were those occasional mishaps (Renee Zellweger and Marisa Tomei, what were you thinking?), the fashion at this year’s 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards certainly did not disappoint! Among all the awards and teary-eyed speeches, the stunning dresses in white stole the show.

If done right, it’s one of the best fashion statements a gal can make. Take cues from these leading ladies to create your own red carpet moment. Here are five gorgeous looks that can’t go wrong!

Wet Seal Disc Trim Pleat Dress $22.50

Amsale Platinum Satin Dress $210 on Bluefly

Newport News Pleated Halter Dress $99

Top Shop Curve Seam Dress £40

Forever 21 Delight Sequin Satin Dress $24.80

Get Your Hands On Some Kara Janx

The talented South-African designer Kara Janx, known for her dangerous color combinations and stunning Kimono dresses is having a mega Sample sale this week. All of falls best dresses and separates at 50%-80% off.  This is going to be a phenomenal sale — those of you who tuned into season 2 of Project Runway know what I’m talking about. So get ready to get in line ladies because this is a sale you don’t want to miss! 






Serena van der Woodsen’s Latest Accessory: Bryna Nicole


The scandalous lives of the ever popular cast of Gossip Girl is not the sole reason for the show’s huge success. It’s also the fabulous fashion trends that are revealed. The very latest arm candy seen on Blake Lively a.k.a Serena van der Woodsen shooting scenes for the upcoming season of the high school drama is none other than the gorgeous Loyola bag in violet by Bryna Nicole. As many of you know, I had the pleasure of interviewing Bryna a couple of weeks ago and am absolutely in love with her colorful trendy bags.  Don’t forget to get yourself your very own Loyola satchel that comes in a variety of colors such as Black Croco, Grey, Red patent, Chocolate, Cream and of course Violet! Come fall, you will undoubtedly be in style and ready for some hot romance like the lovely guys and gals of Gossip Girl.



Mmmm…. Butter

Classic style with a few sophisticated touches and dreamy colors are what makes Butter Shoes the perfect choice for every woman. Hand sewn and beautifully crafted in Italy, these shoes are the brainchild of designer Nancy Geist and her long time business partner, Lee Riech. This isn’t the first time they have collaborated to create shoe magic— Cynthia Rowley shoes, Nancy-Nancy, Tibi shoesand Something Bleu, the unique bridal footwear line were also created by these shoe connoisseurs. Launched in January 2007, Butter shoes are their newest venture. If you haven’t heard about this gorgeous line of shoes already, it’s about time! Inspired by vintage style, the Butter shoe line is versatile with a wide variety of styles and soft, luxurious materials such as Italian nappa and suede, smooth satin and metallic wash fabrics.



These fabulous shoes can be found online at shoefly.com, simplysoles.com, endless.com, www.shopcopperpenny.com and the shoe store Tani in NYC. Butter Shoes retail around $198 for shoes and $450 for boots. Whether you are looking for daytime or evening shoes, the quality and comfort of Butter shoes also compliment its great price point. Something that was on the mind’s of these incredible designers as they absolutely refused to sacrifice quality to maintain affordability.  I wish all designers thought of that! So go ahead…indulge. After all, it’s not everyday we get to walk in shoes that are as smooth as Butter.



Fashion Spotlight Interview: Bryna Nicole

Over the last few years, Bryna Nicole handbags have developed a loyal following and become one of the most popular new names in the world of handbag design. The beautiful colors as well as the vintage inspired designs keep Bryna’s collections fresh and functional. Launched in 2006, Bryna’s designs — with an uptown luxury and downtown cool, as she puts it is made to suit every woman. As a San Francisco native, Bryna continues to celebrate the city by naming her gorgeous handbags after hidden alleys in San Francisco. With her Fall and Holiday lines soon to hit stores, I caught up with Bryna to talk about everything— from her fashion icons to being a one-woman show running her own business. Read on!

Fashion Spotlight: You began your career as a stylist and fashion consultant. How has that influenced you as a designer? 

Bryna Nicole: It has definitely given me more insight into what women really think about and want when they are getting dressed


FS: What was is it like to manage your own design company at 25?

BN: Well, its been a few years since I was 25, but then and now it has been challenging and rewarding.  The day-to-day decisions are sometimes tough and I have no one to tell me if I’m making the right one.  Staying motivated is easy though because I love what I do.


FS: I love that you play with colors and different styles in all your collections. Which of your bags is your favorite and why?

BN: I’m definitely one to carry a bigger bag than I could ever fill—being 5’10” it suits me to have the Loyola Satchel on my arm at all times.  I carry it in most every color.


FS: Where do you draw your inspirations to design your collections?

BN: A lot of it comes from what I need as a woman living in a city, going out with friends, traveling a ton!  I always pay attention to women that seem to have a thrown-together sense of style that somehow always comes out perfectly.


FS: Your bags are manufactured in New York. Do you ever want to relocate your company to the US fashion capital?

BN: I doubt I would entirely relocate because I do love San Francisco too much to leave.  I am considering opening an office in New York one day to be closer to the fashion center as well as many of my resources and factories.


FS: Designing and promoting your line must keep you extremely busy. What do you do for fun/to relax?

BN: Lately I’m not sure what that means!  I love to travel to European cities and beaches when I have a chunk of time.  Otherwise when I’m home I relax by going to the gym or for a long run, visit vintage and antique stores and hang out with my husband.


FS: What are some of the new trends you think we’ll be seeing in handbags?

BN: More exotics—whether real or embossed leather—the texture that these add is just amazing.  I think suede will be big for spring, as the chic bohemian trend seems to be going strong.


FS: Who is your ultimate fashion icon?

BN: I don’t think I can choose just one – Kate Moss for the ease that she puts an outfit together with, Edie Segwick for her effortless but bold choices and 60’s style, and Kate Hudson for the bohemian chic I always adore


FS: What websites/fashion blogs do you read the most?

BN: None really consistently


FS: Who are some other designers that you admire, and why?

BN: Miu Miu and Chloe handbags for their custom hardware, attention to detail and slouchy silhouettes; Alexandar Wang b/c he’s so young and has already developed a strong character and sense of style, and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin has been putting out some really fabulous collections in apparel as well as accessories.


FS: Anyone famous you would like to see carrying your bags?

BN: I guess the people mentioned in this interview would be great


FS: What’s on your “must-have” list for Fall?

BN: Dark stockings, grey suede pumps, lots of chunky sweaters, and a new pair of dark skinny denim


FS: You’ve talked about expaning your brand with a shoe line. Can we this happening soon?

BN: I feel that I still have a long way to go with bags.  I think different categories of bags, such as computer, diaper, men’s and small leather goods will come before shoes.


FS: What advice do you have for aspiring designers?

BN: Put together a solid business plan, do your market research, design what you love and be an individual.


FS: What sets the Bryna Nicole brand apart from other designs?

BN: I use the best Italian leathers with tons of texture and variation in each piece.  The colors are bold but wearable and I design for women who need a stylish bag that stands out but is so nonchalant that they can wear it every day.