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Elroy-eco-friendly-skirts-thumb.jpgWe’re always on the hunt for everyday pieces we can put on regular wardrobe rotation, and these skirts from sustainable company Elroy are our latest find. Made from materials like raw silk, tencel denim, and hemp cotton, these skirts are easy to wear and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Best of all, they are all under $100! 

Left: Ajuga Skirt Silk, $96; center: Mynow Silk Skirt, $85; right: Mynow Skirt Spring, $85 at

We love our statement jewelry as much as the next girl, but sometimes the price tag on really cool pieces can get a bit high. That’s why we got extremely excited when, while searching through Etsy, we found Chasing Alila’s one-of-a-kind jewelry shop. These amazing statement necklaces are mad with ribbons and sell for just $28 to $30. They even come packaged in an adorable polk-dot box! 

Shown: Tropical Green Ribbon Braids Necklace, $28 at Etsy.comchasing-alila-statement-necklace-thumb.jpg
6619.jpgPolka dots are a major trend this summer, and they will continue to be huge this fall. And as much as we love a colorful print, no one can deny the chic attraction of a simple navy-and-white polka dot piece. That’s why we’re listing the Mason SIlk Oversize Polka Dot Tunic as one of our must-haves this season. This classic piece pairs well with statement accessories or pants, but looks just as cool with basic jeans or a skirt.

Mason Silk Oversize Polka Dot Tunic, $391 at

Caterina Gatta is a young Italian designer who came onto our radar during Milan fashion week this February. We love her playful yet chic designs, including party dresses and separates in fun, eye-catching prints. Right now her designs are sold only in select boutiques, but we know the masses will be clamoring for these pieces soon enough. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for spring 2012!

Here are some of our must-haves from her fall 2011 collection (view the entire line online at

yayoi_forest_thumb.jpgDesigner Yayoi Inada of Brooklyn-based jewelry label Yayoi Forest was born near a small forest in Japan, which continues to inspire her current collection. Raised in Kyoto and Osaka, Inada was drawn to the calm and complete feeling she experienced whenever she spent time observing nature’s beauty. After a stint in advertising, she decided to satisfy her desire to express her artistic side and moved to New York to study jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. For her, her pieces are lucky charms, featuring typical luck symbols like birds in flight or the tree of life. She handcrafts each piece in her Brooklyn studio using 14k gold and sterling silver, incorporating beautiful hand etching and detailed wax carving that accentuate her appreciation for organic shapes and natural beauty. These are some of her pieces we fell in love with:


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