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LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Spring 2012 Lookbook

The LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's lookbook just came out, and if this doesn't put you in a good mood, I don't know what will! This girl's on roll, with her growing lifestyle site, beauty blog and People StyleWatch gig. Her spring collection is feminine, colorful and California-cool, which is exactly what we've come to expect. There are spring dresses, skinny jeans, and breezy blouses in a mix of floral prints and light brights like coral, dusty rose and sky blue. A perfect little black dress, faux-leather jacket and tailored blazer and great wardrobe staples while a yellow and white colorblock top, peplum vest and high-low skirt will let you check off all the latest trends without spending too much. Some of the set styling is undeniably saccharine (crochet in an English garden; misting orchids in the greenhouse; serving pink lemonade on the veranda) but you know you're going to Pin-it anyways! I'm taking some beauty notes, too, that fishtail braid and those bright red nails are calling my name.

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Merona for Target Spring 2012 Lookbook

Earlier in the week, we looked at Mossimo's spring lookbook, and today we have the Merona spring lookbook to check out. Inspired by the sun, sand, sea and coastal towns, the Merona collection incorporates a color palette of corals, purples and teals. Patterns continue to be popular for spring, such as textural prints, florals and checkered patterns. Silhouettes are classic and feminine, including peasant tops, cinched-waist dresses, and embellished tees. I can't say I'm very inspired by this lookbook but that doesn't mean I won't find some good pieces in stores. The red trench (above) and bright green jackets are darling but the snake-print blouse with the coral cropped chinos look is just...wrong. Overall, the styling for this lookbook is really strange to me, I'm not sure where they were going with this. Merona is available exclusively at Target and, with prices ranging from $8.00 to $49.99.

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What do you think, am I being too harsh? Can you envision these pieces working for you?