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Bangles are such an easy way to update your look. We especially love this wooden bangle set from Stil because it is classic enough for everyday wear, yet the gold studs add a glam factor. Perfect for throwing on with jeans and a tee on lazy days or dressing up a boho-chic dress for a night out.
Stil Wooden Bangles Set, $30 at
Does the mere thought of rocking a backpack bring back shudder-worthy memories of middle school? Take another look at these backpacks from Dusen Dusen, which are actually quite chic. Made with lightweight cotton denim and two front pockets, this bag is both cute and functional for travel or everyday wear. Give your shoulders a break from your every day tote with one of Dusen Dusen’s fun original prints!


Left: Dusen Dusen Kendra Backpack - Grid; Right: Dusen Dusen Kendra Backpack - Stripes, both $100 and available at
il_570xN.232028829.jpgIf you’ve been inspired by Kate Middleton’s headline-making headwear lately, then you’ll love this piece by Pittsbrugh-based Etsy seller Minxshop. More like a Kate-Middleton-meets-Black-Swan, this headband features chic feathers and luxe dark colors. 

Crown of Love VI Black Feathered Headpiece - $45 at Etsy featherheadbandetsythumb.jpg
We love the luxe layering in Kal Rieman’s fall/winter 2011 lookbook. We were first introduced to the New York-based designer in January of this year when we found her chic menswear-inspired spring line. The fall line features several must-have jackets in interesting silhoeuttes. For more information, check out the label’s website,


Sm_ocoee.jpgJewelry designer Laurel Wells was once the director of apparel for Hayden Harnett, so she knows a thing or two about style. Drawing on her previous experiences as a painter and textile designer, Wells launched an apparel line in 2003. But it was her wildly colorful statement necklaces that people wanted, so eventually she started creating them to be sold. Inspired by Native American art, each pieces is a work of art that can transform any outfit. 

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