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

May 2012 Archives

What's more appropriate for summer's hot weather than some chic tropical prints? This trend was all over the spring runways, and British label Motel Rocks has some great affordable vintage-ispired options options - here are our top picks:

From left to right: Tabbi Scoop Neck Crop Top, $39.60; Mikala Deep V-Neck Playsuit, $86.40; Francine Contrast Hem Shorts, $39.60; and Muccia Spaghetti Strap Bandua Top, $32.40, all available at
Southwestern details are popping up all over the runways right now. Ready to try the trend? This leather cuff by Etsy seller LillianSchmoo is perfect for accessorizing this summer. The cuff is made of a light golden tan leather with teal, cream, and red leather cut diamond shapes.

Southwest Diamond Leather Cuff - $14.95 at Etsy.
Sometimes a simple piece of jewelry is all you need. For example: these stylish necklaces by Urban Aviary. Made with a variety of stones, they are classic yet add an element of glamour to your look.



A bucket bag is perfect for summer travel - as a cross body it's not easy for pick pockets to grab, it's easy to carry, and it keeps your hands free for snapping photos while sightseeing! This neon yellow leather style by Tel Aviv-based Etsy sellers Stella and Lori is on trend and the perfect size to carry all your daily essentials.

Neon Yellow Drawstring Yellow Bag - $202 at Etsy
Last week we stopped by designer Kal Rieman's pop up shop that's open in NYC this month, and we were immediately drawn to her eye catching polka dot pieces (the perfect complement to her pops of bright tomato red). We're all about fun pants this spring, so of course we're dying for a pair of these:

The silk pleat pants are both playful and elegant, with a look that is luxe yet relaxed at the same time. Not feeling bold enough for polka dots? They also come in more subdued yet still chic shades of red and cream. 

Kal Rieman Silk Pleat Pants, $540 at
Taking a unique direction for Fall/Winter 2012, Houghton's first collection consists of a light palette of ivories, blushes and whites - a refreshing change from the typical racks of black, grey, and navy. Designed by established NYC stylist and former Badgley Mischka Couture design assistant Katharine Polk, the new luxury line will include long tailored coats, menswear-inspired suits, and hand-beaded statement gowns with a bit of edge. We can't wait to find these amazing silk cashmere and chiffon pieces in stores next fall. 


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Clear plastic is one of the big trends in accessories for spring/summer 2012, and these colorful bangle sets by Mellina + Company are a fun way to get the look. The bangles are handmade in Florence, Italy, and each set is $160 at

The 75+ degree weather in NYC this weekend had us shopping for one thing: shorts! In fun colors, prints, and silhouettes, trendy shorts are majorly in for summer. So swap your sun dresses and skirts for these stylish picks from Akira, all under $100:

aztec-neon-nail-art_thumb.jpgEtsy is where we turn for unique handmade jewelry, clothing, and home wares, but now we've discovered something else amazing on the site: nail art. These hand painted fake nails by CompulsiveNails are one-of-a-kind and come with nail glue and application instructions. There are so many funky options, we can't pick our favorite - head over to the Etsy shop to see them all.

Pink and Blue Neon Tribal Fake nails, $25

Pink and Blue Paisley Fake Nails, $17

If there's one accessory you're allowed to be truly playful with at all times, it's your umbrella. After all - if you're going out in the rain, you might as well have some fun! These bright options from Australian line Gina & May are the perfect alternative to boring black rain gear, with eye catching graphic prints and color combinations. Founder Gina Pollock launched the line in 2009 with her mother as the solution to her troubles finding an umbrella that was both stylish and durable. Some of our favorites are already sold out, but you can still shop some fabulous umbrella styles online at, with prices ranging from about $35 to $65.
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