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

April 2011 Archives

Sometimes, a simply accessory is all you need to complete your look. This sterling silver bracelet with a purple ribbon is one of those pieces. Wear it while you're dressed down or dressed up, it still adds a touch of elegance to your look.

Batiz Sterling Silver Bracelet, $25 at

We've loved 80%20 shoes forever, so we were clearly excited when we found out that the brand had launched its own web shop at the end of last month. Previously we had to scour the internet for sites with limited selections, but now we can shop the entire line conveniently at

80%20 is a footwear brand with a simple philosophy: we tend to wear our favorite 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. So true, right? Based on this philosophy, designer Ce Ce Chin creates shoes that will fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your aspirations. The spring 2011 collection was inspired by "surfers in the city" and includes baja fabrics, relaxed-wash canvas, tie dye leather, and braided boho straps. Perfection!8020webshopthumb.jpg

Calico is an amazing gem of a store located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and online at Owner Elissa Paquette handpicks a truly covetable selection of vintage finds, including everything from glamourous evening wear to safari-chic pieces and officewear separates. The best part? Everything is ridiculously affordable - almost all items are under $50! Here are some of our picks from the vintage selection:



The transition from spring to summer can be difficult for your wardrobe - it's still chilly, but too warm and sunny for your winter pieces. Solve this problem with Matiko's Yumi Wedge Booties in Taupe Suede ($176 at These must-have shoes are great for transitioning between the two seasons because they show some skin with sexy cut outs but stay in line with winter trends with a closed toe and lace-ups. With our without tights, these booties are sure to add some style cred to your outfit.

We love the super flattering silhouette of this ruffled maxi dress by Etsy seller Th3rd Palac3. The cinched waistline and top ruffles add curves everywhere you want them! The Th3rd Palac3 line is run by two sisters and their mother and consists of feminine dresses perfect for summer parties or weddings. If you're planning to try the maxi dress this season, why not step out in a bright option like this one?

Th3rd Palac3 Long Ruffle Spring Dress - $110 at
Beklina.jpgSince it's Earth Month, we've been hunting for some new online eco-fashion destinations to shop at. One of the coolest e-stores we found was Beklina, a family-run business that selects top quality high-end sustainable designers and pieces that are either made in the US or fairly traded. The price tags of the merchandise run high (although there are some affordable options), but the selection is seriously fabulous. Beklina carries a variety of emerging clothing and accessory designers, as well as well-known names like Rachel Comey and Praire Underground. These were just some of the pieces that caught our eye!

Shown, from left to right: Lina Renner Briefcase Tank, $190; Prairie Underground Denim Legging, $110; and Pebble & Crow Necklace, $80.beklina_thumb.jpg

Singapore label Raoul launched on yesterday, the first national web retailer for the brand. Created by husband-and-wife team Douglas and Odile Benjamin, Raoul began as a men's shirt label. Eventually it evolved into a complete ready-to-wear collection for men and women in 2008, and has grown ever since. We love Raoul's sophisticated take on womenswear, with pleated dresses and skirts, loose blouses, and soft neutral hues. To shop the collection, click here

Shown: (left) High Neck Blouse, $200; and High Waist Wide Leg Pants, $198; (center) Sailor Blouse, $170; and Box Pleated Skirt, $200; (right) Box Pleated Dress, $230.raulshopbop_thumb.jpg
SOBRAL_jewelry.gifBrazilian jewelry designer Carlos Sobral creates his bright, rainbow-colored jewelry through eco-friendly processes at his Rio de Janeiro workshop. Inspired by the vibrant heritage of his native country and the iconic Hippie movement, Sobral crafts his unique jewelry with resin and recycled materials. His entire production process is sustainable and environmentally friendly, right up to the biodegradable product packaging. He also provides his 160 employees with meals, medical care, and retirement plans - all rare benefits in Brazil. 

We love the bold colors and geometric shapes of this ethical and eco-chic collection. The statement pieces are perfect for taking your look from basic to fabulous in an instant! For more information or to shop, visit

Shown: Lagerfield Cones Necklace (in collaboration with Karl Lagerfield) - $130; Pop Art Quad Ring - $40; Wildflowers Clip Earrings - $60. SOBRAL_jewelry_thumb.gif

erin_condren_thumb.gifLooking for a unique, stylish way to store your jewelry and other small accessories? Check out these Lucite trays, newly released by designer Erin Condren. The fun, colorful designs serve as an uplifting decoration for your bedroom while the tray serves as the perfect spot to leave your bright cuffs and funky statement necklaces on their days off. You can choose from one of Condren's signature designs, including animal prints and plaids, or upload a photo you took yourself.

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Erin Condren Designer Trays - $119 each at

moxsieeasterthumb.gifDon't have something to wear for Easter yet? Whether you're heading to church, brunch, or the inlaws' (or all three!), these options from indie fashion retailer Moxsie will keep you put together and stylish during the holiday and beyond:

From left to right: Gentle Fawn Brittany Dress in Ivory/Olive; Many Belles Down The Smurf Dress in Coral Red, $62; Tulle Sleeveless Navy Shirtdress With Lace, $55; Spun Diane Dress in Cranberry, $94.

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