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ndc_thumb.jpgndcshoes.pngIf you are looking for a new go-to brand for summer sandals, then check out n.d.c (nom de code). Creators Arnaud Zannier and Enrique Corbi launched the company in 2011, creating shoes that were individual, anti—conformist, and functional without blindly following fashion trends. Their shoes are handmade in Italy from fine Tuscan leathers by European artisans. The result is simple yet stylish footwear that reflects the high quality workmanship and attention to detail of n.d.c. The line is available online at ndcmadebyhand.com

Shown: sandals, $240.
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This fun necklace is made with pink agate baubles of varying sizes and shapes and a nickel-free brass chain. Perfect for sprucing up a white tee this summer!

Pink agate beaded necklace, $37 at Etsypinkagatethumb.jpg
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Recently launched in Fall 2010, Augden is a collection of handcrafted sweaters made of yarns native to the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. The great niece of a former Bolivian president, founder Franceska Earls combined her deep understanding of the Andes culture with work experience at Rebecca Taylor to create her line of luxury eco-firendly knitwear. We were able to ask her a few questions about the line.

SB: Where did you find inspiration for your spring collection?

FE: Augden’s Spring ‘11 was inspired by our Augden girl trekking around the globe for a multicultural adventure: St. Tropez, Buenos Aires, Nantucket, Venice Beach…Bohemian yet soft and refined, the collection plays with surfaces of nautical knots, crochet, pointelles, cables and intarsias all the while made lovingly by the hands of Andes artisans. The collection’s color palette is reflective of the beauty of nature and our love for the planet while using the finest and luxurious natural alpaca yarns and pima gloss cotton indigenous to South America.

SB: What are the essential types of knits you think every girl should have in her closet this spring?

FE: Some essential knits this spring include pieces that are light and airy under the spring sun as well as some more substantial pieces to keep you cozy on an evening beach stroll. One of my favorite lightweight pieces in our spring collection is the Venetian Stripe Boho Top to wear with bright colored jeans or as a beach cover up. Another great choice is our hand knit Nantucket Knot Poncho perfect for that evening stroll.

Augden is available at Calpyso St. Barth and augden.com.augden_thumb.jpg

societyforscarves.jpgSociety For Scarves is a new brand, launched in spring 2010, but their scarves are already making a splash with celebrity fans like Kristin Cavallari. We love the fun colors and patterns, which are perfect for accessorizing this spring. Shop the collection for $32 to $48 at Moxsie.societyforscarvesthumb.jpg

feather_extensions_2011.jpgApparently feather hair extensions are all the rage in Hollywood (Hilary Duff and Jennifer Love Hewitt have both been spotted with them), and “feathering” is a new service popping up on salon menus all across the country. But you can try out this trend for just $12 because Etsy seller Doozydoo is selling feather clips you can accessorize your mane with. You can even pick your own customized set of colored feathers! Check out the shop here.

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