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Crave: Toms Glitter Slip-Ons

All that glitters is…Toms? Toms, the manufacturer of those ultra-preppy kicks inspired by traditional Argentinean utility shoes, just put a twinkle in our eye with its shiny new model. The shoes now come in silver and gold glitter, but still have the traditional espadrille sole. Swap them for your dressy heels while the weather is still warm, and fashion is still casual. [$48, ActiveEndeavors.com]

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New York Fashion Week: Geren Ford Goes For Jewel Tones For Spring 2009

Geren Lockhart, designer of the Geren Ford collection is having quite a year with her super-hyped Urban Outfitters collection. Lockhart also pulled out of LA Fashion Week, presenting instead last night at New York City’s Bowery Hotel.

The Spring 2009 collection was not much of a variation from the designer’s signature use of silk fabrics, utilitarian details, and simple, flowy shapes. Still, we ogled over the rich, jewel tones in the line. The models, who were presented non-traditionally on pedestals, sported items like floor-length electric blue dresses, pink tanks paired with moss green tiered skirts, and pleated shorts with ruffled tanks. There were also a number suit-like styles — shorts coupled with matching jackets and the like.

We were pretty ecstatic over the goody bag which, among a handful of beauty products and candy, included the collection’s signature silk scarf. It’s decorated with an abstract design that we’re told is a bit of a mind trick and actually represents something (like an animal or insect), but we couldn’t figure it out. Keep checking out Daily Candy this week — they’ll be giving the scarf away! Keep reading »

The Boyfriend Syndrome Explained

“I like you.”

The last time a boy told me that, we were on our third date. We were sitting on stools at the bar facing each other, he leaned in to kiss me, and then made the most adorable, bashful face I’d ever seen. “Peter is so my boyfriend,” I thought, and commended myself on being so awesome.

It was clear, wasn’t it? He’d already started using terms of endearment (“kiddo,” “my girl,” “cutie”), made intense eye contact during sex (and insisted on cuddling afterward), and referenced events way down the road that he said, “we should go to.” We.

Then, it was if a light switch went off in his brain. By week four, he was done. And not because anything went wrong. He just lost interest. Keep reading »

Fashion Slideshow: Quirky Lingerie

I’m not one to transform into a sex vixen when she dons some Victoria’s Secret bustier. And my last striptease? Like Flashdance on rewind. Give me some granny panties and a sports bra, however, and I’m a star. Here, some picks for ladies who prefer less traditional underthings to the super-sexy stuff. So, throw one on, take your passion, and make it happen.
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Crave: Devotte Shirley Sandals

If you aren’t already a devotee of Devotte (we’re oh-so-witty), you are sure to become one after seeing this pair of classy kicks. These white and gold t-strap sandals combine ruffles and studs for the perfect combo of girly detail and boldness. Plus, they’re a great alternative to the gold gladiator sandal craze (who wants to look like everyone else, anyhow?). [$338, Devotte.com] Keep reading »

Urban Outfitters Launches Secondary Lines With Indie Designers

Marc, I love you, but things aren’t working out. I just can’t afford your $400 tops anymore. This is why I’ve turned to Urban Outfitters lately to get my designer fashion fix.

Over the past few months, Urban Outfitters has jumped on the fashion “class for the masses” bandwagon, a phenomenon made popular by Target’s collaborations with luxury designers. This time, however, Urban is reaching out to a more indie aesthetic, commissioning cult designers like Geren Ford and Charlotte Ronson to create exclusive, secondary collections. The lines play no second fiddle to the real deal. In May, UO launched with Ford’s collection, titled Hawks, an assortment of bright pieces with a candy-coated sailor vibe.

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Dealbreaker: The Guy With Many Eccentricities

I knew getting into it that Phil was an eccentric character. He was known for certain oddities—a fondness for shiny objects, spiky hairdos, the color red, to name a few. What should have really tipped me off to his peculiarities, however, was the night we were laying in bed and he confessed, “One of my exes became a dating columnist after we broke up. A lot of her stories were about me.”

Phil and I weren’t dating — we were hooking up. We’d slept together a few times, and who knew where things would go. We shared the same group of friends, so either way, it wasn’t as if we’d never see each other again if we decided to go separate ways. Keep reading »

Darwin Downer: Love & Nature Versus Social Evolution

Admitting you’re boy-crazy is a bit like admitting to alcoholism or to an embarrassing addiction to The Real Housewives of Orange County. It might be okay when you’re fifteen years old, and you plaster your room with posters of Leonardo DiCaprio and Barry Manilow (so I was a strange child). But, I find that increasingly, as I enter into the twentysomething world, I’m faced with a dilemma: I’m no less boy-crazy, but I’m a whole more embarrassed about it. Keep reading »

Slideshow: Totally Totable Tote Bags

Lord knows your purse is filled with unnecessary items (oh what, like you think you really do need to carry around those two extra sweaters?). That said, it might be time to think about expansion. If you’re at least going to stuff your sack with extras, you might as well think about upgrading to a tote (or, if you’re die-hard), adding one to your load. Get the most use out of them now by lugging around your summer beach accessories in these friendly and affordable choices. Cute? Totes. Keep reading »

Crave Slideshow: Cute Notebooks and Planners

Remember way back to say, 2000, a time before Blackberrys and PDAs? A time when you kept track of your life through pen and paper? We think it’s time to bring back those notebooks and planners, those archaic accessories of yesteryear. Here, a collection of papergoods, and we bet they’re cuter than you remembered.

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