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It’s quite a splurge at $794, but we KNOW we’d carry this Lizzie Fortunato Jewels purse everywhere this spring and summer. The neutral colors and classic silhouette ensure it will match with practically anything, but the hand beaded flap adds an exciting trendy detail. At 8.5” x 11”, it’s the perfect size to tote to work as well. 
Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Natural Modern I Purse - $794 at
sealmaiden-illustrated-tee-thumb.jpgWhen cool drawings and relaxed fit tees combine, the result is Sealmaiden, the Brooklyn-based Etsy shop selling original illustrations of super soft tees. Below are two of our favorite spring prints: 
may28th-watches-thumb.jpgYour watch doesn’t have to be classic or simple - in fact, you can go crazy bold with May28th’s 50/50 collection, in stores now. Inspired by mixing and matching, these watches feature bright colors, two tone bands and fun geometric patterns. Best of all? Each watch is only $39 at and stores like Urban Outfitters. They make the perfect spring outfit pick-me-ups that won’t empty your wallet. 


BR6D0949.jpgMeet one of the designers taking up a significant amount of space on our spring shopping list: Ramy Sharp. She launched Ramy Brook in 2010 as simply a line of versatile tops that could go anywhere from the office to a night out, and the collection has rapidly expanded to include separates, dresses and even bags (coming fall 2013). We caught up with Sharp this week to get the scoop on her newest pieces.

Sharp’s spring collection was inspired by the beauty of colors. “Spring represents a change in the weather, and bright colors represent being happy,” she explained. “Wearing happy makes a woman feel radiant, inside and out, and confident.”

One of Sharp’s favorite pieces from the new collection is the Addison silk top. “I love the low V, it shows off a sexy part of the body and looks great with a chunky necklace.”

Check out our favorite Ramy Brook pieces below, which are available at


spring-2013-peter-pan-collars-etsy-thumb.jpgIt’s always good to have accessories on hand that can instantly change your look. Peter pan collars give your style a vintage vibe, and also add a pop of spring color. Here are some of our favorite handmade picks from Etsy:





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