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I know Easter was like, over a month ago, but hear me out! Basket-inspired shoes are totally fashion-forward for the summer months ahead! A looser basket weave boasts chic cut-outs for maximum breathability for the hot weather to come, like these super-high wedges by Sam Edelman, while tighter-woven patterns like in these Cole Haan metallic pumps provide more texture than your typical solid heels. Woven shoes, whether in the form of casual flat sandals or a summer take on edgy peeptoe booties, seem to have a sort of automatic earthy vibe and give an extra dose of effortlessness to a meticulously-planned outfit. There's a laidback, sort of "homemade" feel about them, in a cool way that you'd never be able to pull off if you actually tried to weave your own sandals! For further inspiration on how to get your weave on this summer, scope out my slideshow for my 10 favorite woven flats, sandals, and booties!
Maybe it's the fashion industry's fault, but I find that living in the moment is kind of overrated and I'm always impatiently awaiting the next season. In other words, I've already got spring on the brain and can't wait for blue skies, beach days, and sunny warm-weather colors to officially be deemed appropriate. That's why when I caught a glimpse of the makeup featured on the runway for the Vena Cava F/W 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week, I was hit with spring fever all over again. The bold tangerine-red lips give us just a glimpse of the oncoming beauty trend for the season ahead -- bright, punchy pouts in high-wattage sherbet-inspired colors (think orange, magenta, and purple) with a big added dose of shine. For maximum intensity, go either matte with an intense creamy formula (as opposed a sheer wash of color), or ultra-glossy for high-impact shine that will really help the color pop. View the slideshow for some products that'll help you master this trend! Photo Credit: Imaxtree/Elle.com