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

April 2012 Archives

hmerr3000413098_p1_1-0_347x683.jpgIncorporating color at the office can be hard - this season's popular neons don't exactly scream professional! But wearing fun colors doesn't have to be reserved for the weekends - there are conservative but chic options that will satisfy your appetite for brights. We love this pleated silk chiffon skirt by Heidi Merrick. The orange-y "sunset" color is right on trend, and the length makes it perfect for the workday. We also love the small, fashion forward details like an exposed back zipper and patch hip pockets. 

Heidi Merrick Driving Skirt - $312 at Shopbop
Toronto designer Corrine Anestopoulos draws inspiration for her handmade jewelry line, Biko, from priceless heirlooms and memories of the past. Mixing vintage beads and materials with modern details and stones, she creates versatile pieces that tell a story from history. Her friendship bracelets, which are a modernized take on the classic childhood memory, are one of her most sought after pieces. 

Shown, from left to right: Biko Mirim Necklace, $118; Iris Necklace, $102; and Modern Friendship Bracelet, $85.

It's always the smallest details that pull your outfit together, like a subtle but chic pair of stud earrings. These patina metal pyramid studs have a rusted, aged look to them that gives off an antique vibe. Choose from a classic grey or two on-trend colors for spring, or snag all three since each pair is only $12.

patina_metal_pyramid_stud_earrings.jpgThe earrings are handmade in Hong Kong and available at Etsy shop ALJoyeria.
Bright blue is such an eye-catching color - it can make your entire look with one small piece. Like, for example, this statement cuff by Samanca Jewelry. Mixing lapis stone with silver, the bracelet is perfect for dressing up a basic tank top. 

Samanca Jewelry Zara Lapis Cuff - $145 at
This yellow lace cropped jacket from Sam & Lavi is the perfect thing to throw on when spring days get chilly. We love the trendy touch of scalloped sleeves!

Sam & Lavi Sparrow Lace Jacket in Citron, $165 at
On the hunt for the perfect spring party dress that you definitely won't see yourself coming and going in all night? We found it!

This vintage 1980s sky blue dress features shoulder pads, a tapered skirt, a ruffle cascade, and sexy back cleavage. Perfect for a formal event, or even a prom!

Pinup cocktail dress - $78 at
Black and white is always a crisp spring combination, and we love to punch things up a bit with a burst of bright color. So this handmade snakeskin cuff adorned with yellow stones is a must-have find! 

Lenna Agnes Knit Cuff - $28 at
Miansai creative director Michael Saiger was raised in New York, but his collection is inspired by his childhood memories of beaches in New England and his mother's antique shop. Now based in Miami, Saiger houses his studio in a former smokehouse in midtown near the historic Florida East Coast Railway. Now dubbed as a re-emerging neighborhood, the "design district," the area is the perfect spot for Miansai to expand while staying true to its vintage Americana-inspired roots.

We love Miansai's bracelets, made from leather, rope, and metals. The above "Brail" bracelets are $78 at

How cute are these ballet flats by Neuaura? In celebration of Earth Month, we're featuring the latest eco-friendly style must haves, and these shoes definitely made the list. But these aren't only easy on the planet - they're easy on your feet too! The hemp and cotton canvas flats feature a memory foam footbed to keep your feet feeling fabulous all day long.

Neuaura Kestell Flats, $70 at
Contemporary designer Allison Chomer describes her collection as appealing to "the girly girl at heart," and we have to say that's definitely true. These ultra feminine pieces transition easily from day to night in classic, versatile colors and cuts. The collection is sold at numerous specialty boutiques - find one near you at
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