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5 Under $50: Colorblock

You don't need me to tell you that colorblocking is one of the biggest trends for spring. This perennial favorite showed up in new ways on the runways at Chloe and BCBG Max Azria, to name a few. And the lovely Maria Menounos seals the deal in her LOFT colorblock dress (in stores soon). There are so many color block pieces to love right now, but here are 5 under $50 to get you started...

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5 Under $50: Novelty Prints

Novelty prints cropped up on the spring runways that were both cheeky and cool, like the kitty cats at Victoria Beckham and classic cars at Prada. And how cute is Taylor Swift's heart-print dress? If you're feeling like adding some novelty to your wardrobe, keep reading for 5 fun prints under $50.

Little Black Bag: A Review

Recently I got approached by the folks at Little Black Bag to check out their new interactive shopping site, According to the press release, Little Black Bag is loosely based on a Japanese tradition known as the "Lucky Bag Sale" wherein retailers sell mystery bags of products and customers buy these bags and trade the items inside with their friends. Little Black Bag aims to bring this shopping concept to the online world.

Chris Benz Fall 2012 Presentation

Here are some photos I snapped at the Chris Benz Fall 2012 collection presentation, one of the highlights of fashion week for the simple fact that you never know what you're getting to see by this wildly imaginative designer. With Big Band tunes booming in the background, models decked out in '60s era party frocks stood against a gold sequin backdrop and smiled for the boisterous crowd and enthusiastic photographers. The fashion mash-up revolved around Christmas colors like red and green, lots of shine, girly patent leather pumps and quirky accessories like little hats and vintage-style jewels. Beauty was equally bold - think shimmering blue eye-shadow and teased wigs. Yes, it was a spectacle, but everything was also really wearable if you were to break it down. Everything, that is, but some split-finger gloves which were admittedly, kinda disturbing. What do you think of the collection? It makes you smile, no?