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Behind the Scenes: America Living for JCPenney Video Shoot by Style Coalition Still Photos

In June 2010, JCPenney invited 10 Style Coalition bloggers to share their favorite moments and the outfits matching them, as part of their "Made For" campaign. Earlier I shared with you a short teaser video introducing each of the bloggers who participated, and now we have behind-the-scenes still photographs from the video shoot which give you a much better look at the clothes! I am honored to have been included in this group of fashionable, successful women, each with a unique style that's all her own. Many of the items used in the shoot are still available in stores and online at JCPenney, like my linen/cotton cargo pants (on sale for $39.99).

Click through to see all 10 bloggers rocking pieces from the American Living for JCPenney collection along with items from their own wardrobes! (Shown in alphabetical order)

Chef Marcus Samuelsson for Target Home Collection

Marcus Samuelsson for Target Napkins Set, $3.99 each (also sold separately)

To celebrate the Target East Harlem store opening on July 25, Target is partnering with "the best of Harlem" for their Harlem Designer Series. Isabel and Ruben Toledo, renowned designer Stephen Burrows, as well as chef extraordinaire, Marcus Samuelsson have created limited-time only collections that reflect and honor the spirit of Harlem while giving back to the local community. The collections will be available for purchase in the East Harlem store beginning July 25, followed by select stores and on on August 1. Here's a look at Marcus Samuelsson's vibrant collection of napkins, dish towels, pot holders and more priced from just $3.99 to $14.99 that will liven up any kitchen. I love the veggie prints, especially the eggplant. A perfect pick-me-up for the home! More pics after the jump...

Isabel and Ruben Toledo for Target Swimwear Collection

Isabel and Ruben Toledo swimwear collection for Target

Target has teamed up with husband-and-wife-team Isabel and Ruben Toledo to create an affordable swimwear line priced from $3.99 to $34.99 which will launch at the grand opening of a Target store in East Harlem on July 25th, and at select Target stores and on August 1st. The collection is part of Target's Harlem Designers Series, limited-time only collections that "reflect and honor the spirit of Harlem while giving back to the local community." Five percent of the purchase cost will be donated to a Harlem non-profit; Isabel and Ruben Toledo chose el Museo del Barrio. The Harlem series also includes apparel by designer Stephen Burrows and items for the home by chef Marcus Samuelsson.

You may recognize Isabel Toledo's name as her designs have been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama. I love Ruben Toledo's fashion illustrations; would have loved to have seen some of those incorporated into the designs. I'm not really in the market for a bathing suit but I like the black and white bikini. The cover-up looks almost identical to something I had when I was a little girl! Cute, but not the second time around. What I really like are the home goods by Marcus Samuelsson, I'll post pics of those later so check back!

Keep reading to see more photos from the Isabel and Ruben Toledo for Target swimwear collection!