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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?

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Isabel Marant for H&M Sneak Peek, Refinery 29's Nail Art Nation Contest and More


Isabel Marant for H&M sneak peek

Nitrolicious is loving the Isabel Marant pour H&M sneak peek.

Not sure how this happened, but I'm a finalist in the Refinery29 Nail Art Nation contest! See all of this week's entries and vote for your favorite design.

Visual Therapy shares ways to get inspired this summer.

Pretty Connected rounds up 8 stylish laptop bags that aren't laptop bags.

On Pinterest we're swooning over Blake Lively's braided up-do.

Fashion En Vie ponders the power of celebrity endorsements in fashion.

Sydne Style shares three ways to rock khaki shorts for summer.

Style It reviews Brooklyn-based Caseable's custom tech cases.

The Average Girl's Guide shows you four ways to wear one Merona for Target lace dress.

InStyle has tips on how to wear the pajama trend right.

All Lacquered Up reveals how you can scoop up a Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit AND a pack of Insta-Gel Strips at Rite Aid stores for $2.99. No joke!

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is in full swing. Shop it now to save on Fall must-haves.

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 Forever21.com 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.