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Vintage style picnic tin by Optima

The Optima Co.'s Blyton picnic tin comes witih all the accoutrements for a two-person meal, including a handwoven-willow tray, insulated enamel flask, earthenware mugs and plates, stainless-steel flatware, salt and pepper shakers, and a cotton bag and napkins embroidered with the work PICNIC in red.  Inspired by picnics of old, the Blyton basket has loads of vintage styling and is perfect for a romantic date or a fun-filled family outing. Set costs $160

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Sources: picnicfun Elle Décor

Posted by Amanda, in General.

Perked-up ponytails and wonder buns are fun fall beauty trends

No more excuses for simply pulling your hair back. Fall's crop of modified ponies gives us easy tweaks to take your tail from pony to stallion.  Stylist's favorite was spotted at J. Mendel, where Odile Gilbert created a crazy combination of ponytail and chignon. "From the front, the sides and the back it looks like different styles," Gilbert noted.  Gilbert worked Barex Italiana Gum Gum through the hair, then gave it a deep side part and rounded it back like she was making a high chignon, but secured it as a ponytail instead. Gilbert then looped a string in the hair near the nape of the neck and used it to secure the bottom of the ponytail. She finished the look with a spritz of Barex Italiana Gloss Hair Spray, to get the hair extra smooth and shiny.

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The hair bun is the ultimate safe style but fall's crop of buns are anything but. Using intricate twists and adornments galore, the bumming-around bun has become the glamorous style du jour.  At Max Azria (wonder bun on the left), hair stylist Laurent Philippon created a tousled, twisted bun. "I wanted the hair to look tight but nothing too slick and finished," he said. "I wanted it to look very organic." At Carolina Herrera (wonder bun on the right), Orlando Pita created ornately pinned buns -- studded with copper roses - to juxtapose the high collars shown on the runway. Dry conditioner was worked through the hair, which was pulled -  not slicked - back. 

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Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Jessica Bennett Pink Patent Clutch

During the Fall 2009 fashion shows, models blazed down the runway in a rainbow of neon shades at Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, but it's the pink-highlighter hue that works on all skin tones. If you don't want to splurge on a hot-pink coat or dress, one or two acid-bright accessories work just fine. With a color this vibrant, a little dab will do. The sweet-as-candy color gets a neon makeover and a perfect accessory is Jessica Bennett's simply sexy dinner party purse in hot pink. The patent leather is simple but packs a big punch with its high sheen. The square shape with sexy curved corners lets this flirtatious handbag easily transform into cute and casual day wear but the graphic, retro-style gold hardware means it looks good enough for a party. With a hot pink outer and contrasting lemony gold satin-style lining, you are bound to look great and make a high impact with this adorable purse.

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Sources:  Elle, Glamour, bagbunch

Posted by Amanda, in Handbags.

Manolo Blahnik's Glamorous Tough Motorcycle-Inspired Studded-Strap Boot

Manolo Blahnik's Studded-Strap Boot, inspired by motorcycle fashion, is made from black distressed leather and looks both tough and chic at the same time. Combining gold and black on a boot undeniably brings rocker-edge glam but what actually makes this boot look tough is the antiqued gold-tone metal studded strap that wraps around the shaft with a large square buckle. Even though this boot embodies rocker chic glamour, it still exudes a hint of femininity with the pointed toe.

Wearing this Manolo Blahnik Studded-Strap Boot will cost you about $1,595 at Neiman Marcus but, when you wear them over your denims with a leather jacket, you will definitely pull off a glamorous tough-chic facade.

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Posted by Amanda, in Shoes.

Look-at-me gloves: Fall 2009 fashion accessory trend

It's time to give love to the glove! Patricia Field, the costume designer for Confessions of a Shopaholic and Sex and the City, once said that she has had a lifelong obsession with gloves and that they are her go-to accessory for instant ladylike elegance. The gloves for Fall 2009 aren't the kind that just keep you warm and then get shoved into your pocket; these gloves beg to be noticed. Gloves themselves are a hot trend this season and designers paid lots of attention to them. Gloves can be incorporated into many outfits and certainly add sophistication and glamour to them.

So, what are going to be the top fashionable gloves this fall and winter?

1. Leather gloves. It should be no surprise that classic leather gloves will be fashionable this fall because leather gloves are always in style.

There are lots of designs to chose from including the long, over-the-elbow clinging gloves like Zac Posen showed as well as elbow-length gloves, gloves in all different colors, fingerless gloves, tight gloves or loose-fitting gloves. Derek Lam suggested reptile leather with his gloves if that is the look that interests you.

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Leather gloves 2.jpg2. Suede gloves. Suede gloves aren't as practical as leather ones but they do look as beautiful! Again lots of colors and designs will give you a great opportunity to find the right pair. You can chose from a classic pair like the Ralph Lauren gloves or you can chose the more street-like and casual styles of Carolina Herrera and Derek Lam.

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Posted by Amanda, in Fashion Accessories.

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