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May 2011 Archives

Heavy jewelry can be a hassle in the summer when it's hot and sticky out. Plus, outdoor parties and beach days call for a more "effortless" look, right? That's why we love this aqua cocktail ring by designer Mia Lara. The color is perfect for the season, and you can slip it on for statement style minus the effort in ten seconds.

Mia Lara Chloe Chalcedony Ring, $330 at
1303233242.jpgThese Italian-made cutout flats by Hegos are the perfect mix of classic and trendy. Wear them with jeans or shorts on the weekend, or with a sun dress to summer parties. The taupe color keeps them neutral (and flattering on everyone) while the bow adds a flirty detail!

Hegos Amanda Flats - $115 at

laceyryan_thumb.jpgMix and match until you find your perfect look with Lacey Ryan's stackable bracelets. Available in many different colors and styles, the bracelets ($20 to $46 each) make great customizable accessories for dressing up a white tee or basic swimsuit this summer. Can't make a decision? The designer also sells chic sets of bracelets ($125 to $165) that are ready to wear! Shop the collection online at
il_570xN.216401072.jpgThis adorable tweed pouch is embellished with a chiffon bow, lace, and a vintage button, giving the menswear fabric a feminine touch. Perfect for storing in your purse as a cute portable make-up bag, business card holder, or whatever! This would also make a great gift.

Tweed zipper pouch with bow and vintage button - $16 at Etsy
People often refer to fashion as "wearable art," but Massachusetts-based designer Kristina Kozak's shoes certainly define this phrase. After discovering her chic creations online, we chatted with the emerging shoe aficionado about her collection and what inspires her.


SB: What inspired you to launch your own shoe line? 

KK: Well, I've been interested in shoes since I can remember and I had always dreamt of designing my own but I never knew it was actually possible. After I worked at Louis Boston, where I was exposed to beautiful, almost art-like footwear and clothing, I knew I had to find a way to design and make my own shoes. So I found a class in New York City with teacher, Emily Putterman. Every weekend I would travel to take classes. She taught me everything there is to know. Originally it was just for fun but after I made my first pair I was hooked. I knew this was what I wanted to do. That was in 2004 and I've been designing ever since.

SB: Well your latest designs are certainly eye-catching. What can you tell me about the latest collection?

KK: For this Spring/Summer season you'll find my signature fun, quirky designs. The collection features a mix of high heels, kitten heels, and ballet flats in a variety of bold black and white patterns, neutral tones and earthy metallics, crystal and grommet embellishments, bow ties, and beautiful textured python leathers.

SB: Very chic. And how are your shoes made? 

KK: I felt it was important to combine my designs with the finest quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. That's why I chose to produce in Italy, home to the best tanneries and raw materials, as well as components, accessories, and shoe making machinery. There my shoes are hand crafted by a family operated factory located in the shoe-making region. These skilled craftsmen use the same shoemaking traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, they have perfected the art of making shoes, as well as the ability to translate modern ideas into reality.

SB: And what can we expect from you next season? More funky, unique styles I hope!

KK: More of the same! The Fall/Winter collection was designed with the same quirkiness and whimsy as my S/S season. This collection will also feature a variety of different styles such as the knee high boots in soft buttery black leather as well as bold patent leather; a dreamy 80's inspired black and white striped pump with a big bow on the heel; and a bejeweled metallic d'Orsay glittering with colorful crystals.

Kristina Kozak shoes are available online at and in select boutiques.kristinakozak_thumb.jpg

Add a touch of elegance to your look with these hollow clear glass bead earrings encased in brass bead caps. These seemingly simple earrings pack a lot of carefully added detail.

Large Hollow Glass Bead Earrings With Brass, $23 at Etsy.
moxsierompers_thumb.jpgLooking for the perfect romper this summer? Moxsie has a great selection from brands like Corey Lynn Calter, She Bible, and DV by Dolce Vita. Rock one with a belt and a chic pair of sandals and you're ready to go!

moxsierompers2011.jpgFrom left to right: Corey Lynn Calter Lexi Romper Multi, $158; Curator by She Bible Chrissy Romper Violet, $140; DV by Dolce Vita Aussie Romper Black, $94.
ndc_thumb.jpgndcshoes.pngIf you are looking for a new go-to brand for summer sandals, then check out n.d.c (nom de code). Creators Arnaud Zannier and Enrique Corbi launched the company in 2011, creating shoes that were individual, anti--conformist, and functional without blindly following fashion trends. Their shoes are handmade in Italy from fine Tuscan leathers by European artisans. The result is simple yet stylish footwear that reflects the high quality workmanship and attention to detail of n.d.c. The line is available online at

Shown: sandals, $240.
This fun necklace is made with pink agate baubles of varying sizes and shapes and a nickel-free brass chain. Perfect for sprucing up a white tee this summer!

Pink agate beaded necklace, $37 at Etsypinkagatethumb.jpg
Recently launched in Fall 2010, Augden is a collection of handcrafted sweaters made of yarns native to the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. The great niece of a former Bolivian president, founder Franceska Earls combined her deep understanding of the Andes culture with work experience at Rebecca Taylor to create her line of luxury eco-firendly knitwear. We were able to ask her a few questions about the line.

SB: Where did you find inspiration for your spring collection?

FE: Augden's Spring '11 was inspired by our Augden girl trekking around the globe for a multicultural adventure: St. Tropez, Buenos Aires, Nantucket, Venice Beach...Bohemian yet soft and refined, the collection plays with surfaces of nautical knots, crochet, pointelles, cables and intarsias all the while made lovingly by the hands of Andes artisans. The collection's color palette is reflective of the beauty of nature and our love for the planet while using the finest and luxurious natural alpaca yarns and pima gloss cotton indigenous to South America.

SB: What are the essential types of knits you think every girl should have in her closet this spring?

FE: Some essential knits this spring include pieces that are light and airy under the spring sun as well as some more substantial pieces to keep you cozy on an evening beach stroll. One of my favorite lightweight pieces in our spring collection is the Venetian Stripe Boho Top to wear with bright colored jeans or as a beach cover up. Another great choice is our hand knit Nantucket Knot Poncho perfect for that evening stroll.

Augden is available at Calpyso St. Barth and

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