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michelle_mason_tumb.jpgPerfectly coiffed celebs on the red carpet and TV characters like Blair Waldolf certainly provide their style inspiration, but we really long for that effortlessly chic style of off-duty models (see Altimira). That’s why we’re so drawn to the ultra cool spring collection by Michelle Mason (fittingly, a former model). She mixes casual slouchy pieces with edgy leather styles for the perfect combination of sexy and laid back. View the entire Mason by Michelle Mason lookbook online at



We love the mixture of a delicate chain with a chunky stone in this necklace by Nallik. The chunk of raw aventurine gives the piece a rustic and whimsical feel, while the chain keeps it feminine. Keep with the theme by pairing this piece with a thick, chunky sweater and boots.

Nallik is a two-year-old jewelry collection by NYC-based designer Jean Balke. The line uses all natural components, such as semiprecious natural stones and found objects, contrasted with metals. The word “Nallik” means “protection and nurturing in a loving way” as translated from the Inuit language. 

Shop this piece ($145) and more online at

For your red carpet moment, the perfect luxe clutch is essential. Amanda Joy’s gorgeous exotic skins and quality leather clutches are classic and elegant, a worth-the-splurge purchase at about $1000 each. The collection represents Amanda’s unfussy approach to design, mixing beautiful clean lines and deliberate details to complement the minimalist use of hardware and embellishments. The bags are all manufactured in New York City, using the finest exotic sins and French and Italian leathers. Right now, Amanda Joy is having an e-commerce sale. If a designer clutch is on your shopping list, head over to for 50% off the entire collection during the winter sale!


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suspender-drawstring-top-11_600_900.jpgWe get that suspenders are trendy in a hipster-chic kinda way, but they sure are uncomfortable and just add another hassle to your morning as you get dressed. That’s why we instantly loved this effortlessly cool top from Mikkat Market with built in faux suspenders (they even criss cross in the back). Get the style without the stress, and it’s under $50!

Suspender Drawstring Top, $42 at

Sulu_Collection_Thumb.jpgInspired by traditional India, Sulu Collection’s hand embroidered tunics make us long for summer. They would be so perfectly chic for a day on Nantucket or Cape Cod. From stunning bead work, metals, leather, appliques, tie dyes, and hand block prints, each tunic by designer Sulu Grant is one-of-a-kind. To see more pieces and find out how you can start stocking up for warmer days, visit


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