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Fashion Flashback: Plastic Charms Then and Now

Betseyville's "Cirque de la Betsey" tote is a fabulous blast from the past. Its decorative chain with multi-color charms looks just like the charm necklaces I used to collect as a child (that's them in the top photo - aren't they amazing?!). Quintessential '80s style all the way. If you're feeling nostalgic like me, or want to give this trend a try for the very first time, get the purse for $85.00 at

Spring Fashion Trends 2008: Natural Neutrals

With all the hype about eye-popping brights, it's easy to forget that natural neutrals represent the other side of the sartorial Spring fashion coin. But make no mistake - there's no blah beige to speak of. Designers like Abaeté, BCBG Max Azria and Temperley London prove that taupe can be testy, off-white can be engaging and khaki can kick. So breathe easy, ye who fear color in your wardrobe, for Spring fashion is replete with sophisticated, sumptuous, eco-conscious neutrals with a viewpoint that is anything but boring - and will certainly stand as the foundation of every ensemble, even while they act as a counterpoint for those delicious hues on the other side of the spectrum.

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