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Personalized Name Necklaces from

Ever since Carrie Bradshaw elevated the name necklace from mall-kiosk kitsch to catwalk couture, I have wanted one of these silly things for myself. So when I was asked to review a sample necklace from, I jumped at the opportunity. I requested the aptly named "Carrie" style name necklace in sterling silver with a 16" long chain, and it's practically perfect. (How can a necklace with my name on it not be perfect?) The font is just right, there are no sharp edges, and the proportions are exactly as I had hoped.

If you're feeling nostalgic for the '90s, pick up your own personalized name necklace for $29.95 on sale (reg. $39.95) at

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Off the Rack: Spring Fashion at Walmart

Basic tees get a fashionable jolt with photo-realistic sea creature designs. And isn't that neon green just yummy?

The other day I "discovered" a new-to-me Walmart store in my area which carries—get this—both the Norma Kamali for Walmart collection and To the Max! I was ridiculously excited, in part because when the Kamali collection first launched, I called just about every Walmart within a 25 mile radius of my house and was told by store managers that they didn't carry the line nor would they be carrying it in the future. Well, guess they were wrong! Anyways, if you live near a Walmart that carries these two lines, they are definitely worth checking out. I try to avoid impulse buys (operative word is "try"), so on this visit I just scoped out the new spring stuff, then I picked up a couple pieces from the To the Max line on clearance, including a very artsy ombre sweaterdress, for just $7 a piece. Here are some pics I snapped off the racks to give you a feel for what's in store. Anything catching your eye?

I'm pretty sure I've seen Rumi rocking these jeans on Fashion Toast. If you can pull off the acid-wash/bleached denim look, these jeans cost next to nothing and look just like the couture denim on the runways!

This army-green draped dress is so unbelievably fabulous and designer-looking and cheap! I need it. Pick this up for your summer vacations, ladies! Five stars all the way.

Here's another eye-catching top for days when basic black feels boring. The cranes are so happy-looking, too.

The Look for Less: Erin Wasson X RVCA Denim Vest

RVCA at ShopStyle

Embody the sexy, utilitarian style of model-turned-designer Erin Wasson with this Acid Wash Blue Grateful Vest from her first clothing collection, Erin Wasson X RVCA. It's $198 at Oak.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Can't drop $200 on a denim vest? Try this bleached denim vest from Forever 21 for $22.80 instead. Pair it with a gray tank and white jeans or wear it over a floral mini-dress—two great looks for summer outdoor fun!

8 Tee 4: Forever 21's Answer to American Apparel?

Forever 21 has dedicated a portion of its website to a new mini-line of athletic-inspired basics called 8 TEE 4. As I flipped through the 8TEE4 lookbook, I couldn't help but wonder if this line of cotton and spandex basics—such as tees, mini-skirts and burn-out tanks—modeled in a mildly provocative way might be Forever 21's response to the growing popularity of retailers like American Apparel. It could just signal the fact that the young fashion crowd loves their basics—they're cheap, comfy, cute and can be styled in an infinite number of ways. Hotpants, oversized sweatshirts and neon brights also tie in well with all the retro-love going on in fashion right now.

At any rate, those are just some of my casual observations, check out the complete 8TEE4 collection for yourself here.

Off the Rack: Spring Fashion at Kmart

The mannequin displays seem stuck in a time warp (note the bouquet of fake flowers). Kmart needs serious help in this department.

I recently scoped out the clothing department at Kmart, a store I have not visited in years. When I was a kid, shopping at Kmart was not something you advertised, even though most of us and our families sorta had to out of necessity. I think the stigma of shopping for clothes at Kmart has diminished somewhat simply because the store has been overshadowed by competitors such as Walmart and Tar-jay (which Kmart is definitely NOT). I don't see myself going out of my way to buy clothing at Kmart since the nearest store is 30 minutes away, however, I will certainly keep an eye on their online offerings, which have improved significantly in recent months. You just never know where you'll score that next bargain that will have everyone asking, "Where did you buy that?" And the secret will be yours to keep, or share if you're feeling generous. Do you shop for clothing or accessories at Kmart? Why or why not?

This rack held plenty of breezy, basic cotton tops that would be perfect for summer but I couldn't find my size. On the flip side, there was no shortage of sizes M-XL, and almost everything was between 25-40% off.

These coordinated knit-tops and skirts were almost cute but the prints lacked sophistication.