| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: January 2012 Archives

January 2012 Archives

michelle_mason_tumb.jpgPerfectly coiffed celebs on the red carpet and TV characters like Blair Waldolf certainly provide their style inspiration, but we really long for that effortlessly chic style of off-duty models (see Altimira). That's why we're so drawn to the ultra cool spring collection by Michelle Mason (fittingly, a former model). She mixes casual slouchy pieces with edgy leather styles for the perfect combination of sexy and laid back. View the entire Mason by Michelle Mason lookbook online at



We love the mixture of a delicate chain with a chunky stone in this necklace by Nallik. The chunk of raw aventurine gives the piece a rustic and whimsical feel, while the chain keeps it feminine. Keep with the theme by pairing this piece with a thick, chunky sweater and boots.

Nallik is a two-year-old jewelry collection by NYC-based designer Jean Balke. The line uses all natural components, such as semiprecious natural stones and found objects, contrasted with metals. The word "Nallik" means "protection and nurturing in a loving way" as translated from the Inuit language. 

Shop this piece ($145) and more online at

For your red carpet moment, the perfect luxe clutch is essential. Amanda Joy's gorgeous exotic skins and quality leather clutches are classic and elegant, a worth-the-splurge purchase at about $1000 each. The collection represents Amanda's unfussy approach to design, mixing beautiful clean lines and deliberate details to complement the minimalist use of hardware and embellishments. The bags are all manufactured in New York City, using the finest exotic sins and French and Italian leathers. Right now, Amanda Joy is having an e-commerce sale. If a designer clutch is on your shopping list, head over to for 50% off the entire collection during the winter sale!


Shown: the Chelsea clutchAmanda_Joy_thumb.jpg

suspender-drawstring-top-11_600_900.jpgWe get that suspenders are trendy in a hipster-chic kinda way, but they sure are uncomfortable and just add another hassle to your morning as you get dressed. That's why we instantly loved this effortlessly cool top from Mikkat Market with built in faux suspenders (they even criss cross in the back). Get the style without the stress, and it's under $50!

Suspender Drawstring Top, $42 at

Sulu_Collection_Thumb.jpgInspired by traditional India, Sulu Collection's hand embroidered tunics make us long for summer. They would be so perfectly chic for a day on Nantucket or Cape Cod. From stunning bead work, metals, leather, appliques, tie dyes, and hand block prints, each tunic by designer Sulu Grant is one-of-a-kind. To see more pieces and find out how you can start stocking up for warmer days, visit


By_Chance_Spring_2012_thumb.jpgLaunching for Spring 2012, By Chance is sure to be our new go-to for stylish and feminine casual pieces. The line consists exclusively of tops and dresses, all designed to complement and complete the modern girl's wardrobe. The designer, Marissa Senzon, is a former sales showroom executive so she knows what women really want to buy: the perfect go-with-anything tops, tanks and dresses that can be layered and accessorized to fit any style. Take a sneak peak at the By Chance lookbook below and let us know what you think!


item-90398-4e61646cb2d27-m.jpgThe style name for this Gina Michele handbag, "Almost Famous," is a perfect pick since we've seen tons of LA celebs running about sporting a similar style. This style from Smashing Darling is eco-friendly, upcylced from vintage suede jackets with a cotton lining of vintage French postcard print. The suede fringe is all cut by hand, and the bag has a worn-in look. 

Almost Famous Suede Fringed Bag in Caramel - $249 at
Today's Etsy finds are these amazing handmade bracelets from Peru. Made with hemp thread gold tone copper, they are also eco-friendly and come in an array of fun colors.  We want to buy them all and stack them up! They'd also make adorable gifts for your girlfriends.

Recuerdos Bracelets - $25 each at Etsy
Beth_Lauren_Spiky_necklace.jpgOur go-to winter uniform consists of a rotating cast of boots, skinny jeans, and cozy sweaters. But we like to add a special touch to the outfit with a statement necklace, like this edgy yet glam pick from Beth Lauren. Featuring square crystals and spikes together on a brass link chain, the Singapura necklace ($88) is the ultimate mix of feminine and fierce. Shop this piece and the affordable label's other covetable styles at

Alice_mccall_LWD_preview.jpgSay goodbye to the LBD - the new classic we're spotting on everyone is the LWD (little white dress, that is). From the red carpet to the runways, white frocks are a tasteful and chic choice even in winter. We've been hunting for the perfect style for a while, and we think we finally found the one. This dress by Australian designer Alice McCall features a classic, flattering sweetheart silhouette layered under a lattice-look piece that adds some edge to the outfit. Draped chiffon at the skirt is slimming and feminine, and we love the black banded waistline that keeps things interesting. 

Alice McCall Chateau de Malmaison Dress - $429 at alleycattrade.comalice_mccall_LWD-thumb.jpg
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