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If you’re going to buy one piece of jewelry this spring, make it a statement cuff. These pieces can add personality to your workday outfit or complement a glitzy nighttime ensemble. Here are some cuffs we spotted on Etsy:

Steampunk Bracelet $115 by edmdesigns


Inmate No. 9 Cuff $45 by ghostlovejewelry



With work experience at Christian Dior and Proenza Schouler and an education from Harvard University and the Chambre Syndicale in Paris under her belt, Graey designer Janet Kim is definitely a rising star. Her fall/winter collection is very feminine and colorful, incorporating a lot of silk and chiffon. Here are some looks we love:

Graey is available online at and in New York boutiques Albertine (13 Christopher St.) and Sucre (357 Bleeker St.). Most pieces are priced between $275 and $375.

ttfnet.pngThere are many fabulous boutiques and online shops carrying indie designers, but we love because it provides true style inspiration along with your shopping experience. The site carries a highly edited selection of cutting edge brands like Gryson, Humanoid, Opening Ceremony, and Rachel Comey and features their pieces in photography spreads showcasing creative ways to style them. For example, in the above photo from the January issue, an Opening Ceremony skirt retailing for almost $300 is paired with accessories from Rodarte for Target.

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Noble Youth
is a fun and flirty collection with a youthful vibe. The leopard print tanks and dresses are great for casual nights out or when you want a funky daytime look. And the more basic pieces can also easily go from day to night. The line launched in 2005 and is designed and manufactured in New York by Megan Quinn. Noble Youth is available online (priced between $60 and $225) at and in boutiques around the country.

Cirque du Cheval

Cirque du Cheval is a feminine yet understated based collection by Los Angeles celebrity stylist Michelle Sackson. Her spring collection is constructed mostly from silk in neutral shades. Most pieces are basic with alluring details: a grey tee with lace on the sides, a top that is low-cut in the back, and a shift with ruffles at the neckline.


Cirque du Cheval is available at (most items are priced between $100 and $200) and in several California boutiques. For more information and locations, visit

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