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Shoe of the Week: Jeffrey Campbell Tick Wedge Bootie with Studs

There's no denying that Jeffrey Campbell makes totally covetable shoes season after season. He takes inspiration from the best runway looks, does it with his own spin and prices them usually well bellow the $200 mark. My latest shoe obsession from Jeffrey Campbell is no exception. The Tick Wedge Bootie with Studs has all the best trends rolled into one shoe. The ankle peep toe bootie is perfect paired with summer dresses or your skinniest skinny jeans. The wedge heel, despite the 5 inch height is comfortable enough to tackle the city streets. Best of all, the thumbtack-like studs along the wedge heel provide bling without sacrificing your tough chick look.

What: the Jeffrey Campbell Tick Wedge Bootie with Studs
Price: $165
Where to Buy: Jildor Shoes
Who Found it: facadeindreams was the first to add the Jeffrey Campbell Tick Wedge Bootie with Studs to the Hive.

Top 10 Printed Tunics For Summer

The sun is out and it's the perfect time for lounging at the beach or playing frisbee at the park. If you're wondering what you can wear from a day at the beach to a dinner with friends, a tunic is your answer! While you're enjoying the sun and surf, a tunic is the perfect cover up when you're not in the water. Afterward, belt the tunic and wear it with leggings or skinny jeans for a casual chic look. Summer is the best time to make the use of color and I've found some great tunics in vibrant prints. One of my first picks would be the Bazaar Tunic from Free People. The knotted sleeves and abstract floral design definitely makes this tunic standout from the boho pack. While I'm on a floral kick, I have to mention the Poppy Pussybow Tunic from Topshop as another option that has a more mod 60s look. For more tunics you'll want to wear all summer long, take a peek at my slideshow!

Be Animal Friendly By Buying Faux Leather

I know there are many fashionistas out there who are conscious of where the food they eat comes from and how their clothes are produced. But I've also noticed that many of us don't think twice when buying a pair of leather shoes or leather bomber jacket. While sporting a leather jacket doesn't exactly give the same signal that wearing a mink coat does, animals were harmed in the process. Nowadays there are tons of leather-like options that look pretty darn close to the real thing. The best part is, a lot of times they're cheaper than their real counterparts. Go faux with a BDG Faux Leather Hooded Bomber from Urban Outfitters or try the Sele Strapless Faux-Leather Dress on for a super edgy look. Take a look at my slideshow to see more faux leather looks that are sure to win brownie points with animal lovers.

Look Tough And Chic With Multi-Finger Rings

I'm happy to admit that I'm not shy about asking where people buy their clothes, shoes, or jewelry. I find that word of mouth is the best way to find new designers and boutiques in my city! A trend that I've been noticing and asking about are multi-finger rings. They're definitely not as scary (or you know, illegal) as brass knuckles, but they certainly can have a bad girl edge to them. You can find two or three finger rings with a simple bar design or something more elaborate. My first pick is the Elizabeth and James "Feather Across the Hand" Ring that's perfect for any boho girl. If you're not so sure of the multi-finger ring trend and need more finger mobility, check out the Meckenzie Gold Knuckle Ring which gives the illusion of having a triple-finger ring. For more multi-finger rings at every price point, take a look at my slideshow.

Bag Of The Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Wow Wow Big Percy Cross Body Bag

There's no doubt in my mind that Marc Jacobs is a fixture of American fashion and I expect him to continue dressing women well into the future. While I'd be more than happy to fill my closet with almost everything designed by him, my wallet sure wouldn't be. That's why we should all be eternally grateful for the Marc by Marc Jacobs line. The cheaper (but certainly not cheap) diffusion line is a great way to get your Marc Jacobs fix without dropping $1000 on a dress. For those of us looking for the best bang for your buck, go for a all-purpose handbag. The Bow Wow Wow Big Percy Cross Body Bag is practical enough to take to work yet dressy enough for a girls night out on the town. The twisted knot and perforated details set this bag apart from the pack.

What: the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Wow Wow Big Percy Cross Body Bag
Price: $278
Where to Buy: Shopbop
Who: facadeindeams was the first to add the Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Wow Wow Big Percy Cross Body Bag to the Hive.

Gotta Getaway To Beijing At The Raffles Beijing Hotel

When I think of China, I think of silk brocade, dragon motifs, a rich history and delicious food. So naturally, when I heard of the Raffles Beijing Hotel, I was more than intrigued. Much like the country itself, the hotel has a long history in Beijing. It was first opened in 1917 at the Grand Hotel de Pekin and then taken over by the Raffles chain and fully renovated in 2006. The Beaux Arts-style building has 147 rooms and 24 suites with everything you could ask for. Just minutes away from the famed Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the hotel's central location is well worth the price. With a blend of Asian and French influences, the hotel is an oasis after a long day of sightseeing. Find some time to dine at Jaan their signature restaurant serving French cuisine or relax at the Writers' Bar with a wide selection of drinks and cocktails. To see more of the Raffles Beijing Hotel, check out my slideshow!
Tags :   asia , beijing , china , hotel , travel

Exciting New Talent At The Academy Of Art Fashion Show

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend the Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show. As the only fashion school to show at New York Fashion Week, I had nothing but high expectations coming in. In addition, I was in attendance with other local fashion bloggers, department store heads and special guests like fashion editor Suzy Menkes and VP of Design at Diane von Furstenberg, Elisa Palomino. I loved reading that all the designers were inspired by anything from David Bowie to hallucinations. The show had an eclectic mix of designs from the graduating class of textile, knitwear, fashion, and jewelry design students. One of my favorite looks was by knitwear designer Young Ae Koo with almost dizzying black and white knit dresses with matching socks. Another designer to look out for is Stephanie Hoffmann, whose deceptively simple striped shift dress with a closer glance revealed that the stripes were actually covered in rhinestones. Take a look at my slideshow to see more of my favorite designs from the show! Photo credit: Randy Brooke
Tags :   academy of art , design , fashion

Label Love: Minimalism Done Right By Polish Designer Ania Kuczynska

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is watching nature documentaries like "Planet Earth" because you can learn so much about the world without ever leaving your living room! I got the chance to learn about snow leopards which are notoriously hard to track down. It's no wonder that Polish designer Ania Kuczynska took inspiration from the fierce feline with her latest collection entitled "At the Top of the Mountain We Are All Snow Leopards." Ania first studied fashion design in Rome, then Paris, eventually launching her own line in Warsaw, Poland. Her collection can be described as a sensual minimalism with ruffled trims and open backed dresses. There are no prints, just red silks, mint and black cotton jerseys fit for any occasion from work to a night out. Take a look at the slideshow to see more from Ania's spring/summer 2010 collection.

Top 10 Spot On Summer Nail Polish Shades

Among many of my best girlfriends (including my Stylehive partners in crime), there's been a definite increase in nail polish purchases. With nail polishes becoming just as coveted as it-bags, it's easy to buy whatever color strikes your fancy without breaking the bank. But with all the colors out there from the palest pink to the darkest blue, it's hard to choose! I've got you covered with some of the top trends this summer for nails. The looks you want to go for when shopping are: bright neons, pretty pastels, and everyday neutrals. For a neon color, check out Radioactive Nail Polish from Pop Beauty for a crazy bright green that will definitely capture attention. For an everyday nail color, I like a basic taupe like the butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy which you can probably wear to even the strictest of work places. For more nail polish colors fit for summer, take a look at my slideshow!

Straw Hats Keep Your Cool While Looking Chic This Summer

While my fabulous weekend in the desert at the Coachella music festival was over a month ago, I'm still drawing tons of summertime inspiration from my time there. The latest accessory I've fallen head over heels in love with is the straw hat! Straw hats are usually woven together with enough ventilation to keep your head cool and they keep their shape well compared to other fibers. Whether it's a wide brimmed sun hat or a neat compact trilby, there's a straw hat to fit anyone's fancy and budget. If you're watching your wallet, Charlotte Russe has a Straw Floppy Hat for less than your daily lunch. If you're looking to splurge on the latest it-milliner, Eugenia Kim always has great designs like the Erika Sunhat with bright red trim and cloche-like fit to give you all the shade and privacy you may want this summer. Take a look at my slideshow to see more straw hats you'll want to wear all summer long.