| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: February 2011 Archives

February 2011 Archives

braelynring.gifWe love the subtle pop of color on this ring by Lush Jewelry. It's perfect for adding a touch of spring to your look! The ring is made of brass with a turquoise cabochon in the middle. Gold chains as the ring bands also make this piece unique.

Lush Jewelry Braelyn Ring, $44 at

mothermaria2011pics.pngAustralian designer Katie Gannon of Mother Maria is inspired by her love of vintage clothing, which she has shopped for since she was a teenager. In 2002, Gannon launched her own collection, featuring vintage fabrics, retro prints, and bold colors that make Mother Maria distinctive. Gannon also ensures that all of her garments are produced under ethical working conditions using environmentally sustainable fabrics, such as organic cotton. Now in its 10th season, Mother Maria has established itself as a premiere eco-friendly fashion label sold throughout Australia, but we think it's time for it to come to the US! To shop online for now, visit

Buckled straps, utiliarian canvas, and cracked metallic leather give these otherwise sexy sandals by Matt Bernson some edge. Based in NYC, Bernson designs luxurious footwear for women inspired by travel, the ocean, and his wife's personal style. His latest collection is definitely on our shopping list for spring!
Delphine Wedge Sandal in Bronze Metallic - $165
The Sidecar Wedge Sandal in Olive Canvas - $165
The Sidecar Flat Sandal in Black Canvas - $165
The Sidecar Flat Sandal in Brown Canvas - $165

All available at moxsie.comMattBernson_Sidecar_Wedge_Olive_1.jpg

il_570xN.217284072.jpgAdd a pop of color to your look for just $8 with these bright blue earrings from Etsy. Their eye-catching color makes them perfect for pairing with neutrals or other brights. For days you're feeling conservative, pair them with jeans and a stylish black top. If you're feeling a little wilder, try a bright yellow shift dress!

Arizona Sky Earrings, $8 at Etsy blueetsyearringsthumb.png
This airy shirt dress has us dreaming of a beach somewhere tropical. If you're headed on a vacation soon (or getting a jump start on your summer shopping), this piece is perfect for a casual day. Pair with denim shorts and gladiator sandals, or simply throw it on over your swimsuit!

Shakuhachi Embroidered Lace Shirt Dress, $295 at Blue & Creamshakudressthumb.png
20362885_001_a.jpegThink backpacks are for middle schoolers? Think again. This chic backpack by 7 Chi is perfect for the grown-up traveller, especially since it also converts into a tote. Wear it on your back while walking around, then switch it to your shoulder on a shopping break - you won't remember how you ever lived without it!

7 Chi Alex Convertible Backpack Tote, $248 at Free Peoplealexbackpackthubm.png
This spring, leave your plain black leather tote at home and pick up a brightly colored handbag! We love the vibrant hues and floral pattern of this hobo bag on Etsy. Perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring wardrobe and eventually for carrying to the beach!

Iris and Peony Hobo Slouch Bag, $32 at Etsy.bluebagetsythumb.png


A slip-on sneakers is the perfect alternative to flats on a day you're feeling a little more casual. We love the colorful stripes on this pair by Study Footwear - they give a modern update to a classic silhouette. Wear them with rolled-up pants and a button-down top for a simple yet chic outfit.

Study Footwear The Drop Sneaker Blue/White Stripe, $52 at

Add some rockstar edge to your look with Elly Clay's "Billie Jean" oversized clutch. Leopard print, zippers, and Italian leather combine for a must-have accessory that will spice up your little black dress. The bag also comes with a chain strap and can be worn as a cross body, perfect for day-to-night style!

Elly Clay Oversized Animal Zip Clutch, $259 at

jYCjl-FLOfk-wyifu-DSC00267.jpgWalking into the JoJo Loves You jewelry studio in Boston's South End is like entering a fantasy land: everything is pink, shiny, and very sparkly. Behind all the glitter is designer Josie Hewitt, who launched the line after finishing college in 2002. She began selling jewelry to her friends and family, and eventually two local stores. The collection is now sold in more than 100 boutiques, and JoJo's colorful Swarovski crystal "Blings" (pictured, $30) have garnered their own cult following. Other pieces we love from the collection are statement Starfish Necklaces, which are made with starfish pendants strung on flat quartz ($140), and chunky Rectangle Cuff bracelets in bold colors ($20, on sale from $31). While working on their spring 2011 collection, JoJo is having a major sale on the majority of items from fall, so hop over to and get shopping!jojolovesyouthumb.png
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