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Free People July 2013 Lookbook

Free People July Lookbook

Summer always brings out my bohemian side and nothing says boho quite like Free People's July lookbook, "Rambling Rose." Set in a woodsy cabin, the free-spirited campaign features model Eniko Mihalik layered in bold prints, flowing shawls, and big statement accessories. Looking for takeaways to freshen up your own summer wardrobe? Try stacked jewelry, floppy hats and richer fabrics that hint at the impending fall season. See anything that inspires you here?

Forever 21 'Declare Your Style' Campaign

Forever 21 Undeclared

Forever 21 is kicking off the back-to-school season with a new "Declare Your Style" campaign that's all about celebrating individual style - and maybe even bringing out your inner rebel. Think pinched-up printed leggings, button-down plaids and military-inspired decals to athletic tops, oversized woven opts and variety jackets. The lookbook has a Breakfast Club meets Clueless vibe that I'm loving. Everything you see here will be available at starting Friday, July 19. Think you'll check it out?

Live Like a Fabulista with Caress Tempting Whisper Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash and Spokesperson La La Anthony

Caress and La La Anthony

If you're looking for a new body wash to refresh your skin and your senses, you'll want to check out new Caress Tempting Whisper Fine Fragrance Elixir Body Wash. This alluring bodywash features a voluptuous white floral bouquet of wild peony, tempting tuberose and Ylang enveloped in a background of tonka bean and white musk.

Or to put it another way: Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash is your daily dose of FABULOUS in a bottle - and it's also fabuless, priced at just $3.50 (12 oz) and $3.99 (18 oz).

Caress has also named style icon La La Anthony, star of VH1's La La's Full Court Life, as the next "Caress Fabulista." Head to the Caress Facebook page to get La La's tips for feeling and living fabulously - every day.

Here are some of La La's top style tips for summer:

  • Flirty and Feminine: Lace, floral and peplum are hot for summer. To flaunt this trend, wear a flirty white lace dress and cinch at the waist with a pink skinny belt. Complement your feminine look with soft accessories and an alluring fragrance.

  • Playful Prints: Fashion and style should be playful and nothing is more mesmerizing and fun than a wardrobe with prints to mix-and-match. Trying contrasting colors, prints and layers or turn it up a notch with metallic and floral patterns. If you are unsure about a look, stay within color families - that way, clashing patterns look edgy and avant-garde.

  • Bold Colors: I love that designers are embracing neon this season, says La La. There is no better way to be bold than adding a splash of pink or a pop of color into your summer wardrobe to punch up an outfit. These super-brights will help you feel bold and confident - like a true Fabulista.

For more tips and a chance to win daily fashion and beauty prizes, head to the Caress Facebook page.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Kate Middleton's Issa London Wrap Dress Is Coming To Banana Republic

Banana Republic x Issa London

Banana Republic is teaming up with Issa London on a capsule collection that will include the ultimate royal "look for less" - namely, a version of Kate Middleton's iconic blue silk wrap-style dress that will sell for $130 (the original cost $575, which didn't prevent throngs of women from scooping up the dress after the Duchess of Cambridge donned hers for the royal engagement announcement in November 2010.)

Of course, there's more to the Issa London for Banana Republic collection, which will debut in stores and online August 8, 2013. The nearly 40-piece collection includes apparel and accessories in Issa London’s signature figure flattering silhouettes that are "bold, yet tastefully refined."

With the eyes of the world fixed on the royal birth (any day now!) I think there will be a renewed interest in the blue wrap dress and wouldn't be surprised if the BR version sells out as quickly as the original. Are you looking forward to this collab?

Join the conversation on Twitter with @BananaRepublic @IssaLondon #BRxIssa