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Fresh Picks: Handbag Trends Under $300

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This summer’s best handbag trends are abundantly wearable and have an air of relaxed elegance that’s hard to resist. However, there’s no need to break the bank to get your hands on your new summer staple bag.

We’ve wrangled up some of our must-have handbag styles under $300:

Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker: The mini crossbody is perfect for a night out or when you just want to carry the essentials. This superbly studded number gives any outfit an edgy punch.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Shoulder Tote in Dark Sand Embossed Python: Snake print is quickly becoming the hot print of the season. It reads as a neutral, making it surprisingly versatile, and not to mention, timelessly chic.

Hobo International Sandra Crossbody: This classic vintage appeal of this crossbody bag is utterly versatile for daytime.

Dooney & Bourke Cork Drawstring: With the drawstring bucket bag being such a hot style in handbags this season, we were naturally drawn to this classic Dooney style. It’s perfect for pairing with your nautical looks.

B.Makowsky Kayla Shopper in Salmon: The relaxed shape coupled with the totally on-trend salmon-coral hue makes this handbag worthy of showing off.

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Fresh Picks: Sky-High Wedges

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Even though we’re seeing a comeback of shorter heels and kitten heels, there’s still a special place in our hearts for the leg-slimming, leg-lengthening brilliance of sky-high platform wedges. For those of us who are on the shorter side, or those who just refuse to be seen in flats (you ladies know who you are!),  it’s  comforting to know that this season still boasts quite an impressive crop of height-amplifying platform shoes for us to lust over.

Here are a few of our must-haves for the summer:

Steve Madden Wissper: This nude-colored sling-back platform really lengthens the legs!

Via Spiga Eve: With a flair for the ‘70s, this stunning platform really makes a fresh statement. It’s definitely better than anything Marcia Brady could ever dream of!

Nine West Bottos: There’s a lot to love about the versatility of this casual wedge. Wear it with anything and everything!

Pelle Moda Jamba: The gladiator-like straps coupled with the cork and espadrille combo make this one fabulous wedge sandal!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Juniper Espadrille: The braided strap over a nice, tall espadrille wedge gives this such a boho flair.

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Costa Rica Photo Shoot

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I, along with the rest of the visual merchandising team, recently embarked on a photo shoot adventure to tropical Costa Rica for the new Shop by Personality feature on the site.

Click HERE see the fabulous photos and outfits from our amazing trip, and check out the fun behind-the-scenes highlights below!


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Sarah Jessica Parker: The New Muse of Halston Heritage

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sarah jessica parker,halston,halston heritage,sex and the city,carrie bradshaw,SJPSeven years have passed since Sex and the City went off the air, but watching old episodes still have women all over the planet pining for Carrie’s enviable wardrobe. Sarah Jessica Parker’s iconic style has certainly managed to stay relevant long after the hit HBO show’s final episode.

SJP’s impeccable mix of classic-meets ‘70s-meets modern style has been a source of envy for women everywhere.  When it was announced that the style icon herself was named the new creative consultant for Halston Heritage, the buzz was palpable. Now, the rest of us can capture SJP’s effortlessly glamorous style without having to take out a loan!

Her often-imitated eclectic style resonates through the Halston Heritage collection of retro-inspired dresses and tops.  The pieces feature iconic Halston elements such as one-shoulder, swingy skirts , pleats and ruffles.

To get your hands on a piece of Sarah Jessica Parker’s invariably fabulous style, check out the Halston Heritage collection on!

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Meet Joyce Azria, Creative Director for BCBGeneration

BCBGeneration Creative Director Joyce Azria is the epitome of the stylish modern woman, which is why she perfectly embodies the BCBGeneration brand persona. It is the goal of BCBGeneration to first and foremost make the woman who wears their clothes feel confident and beautiful, which is why we're so crazy for this wearable line.

Joyce Azria , the daughter of BCBG founder Max Azria , was born into the world of fashion and has an innate sense of style that really reflects onto the BCBGeneration brand. Her love and enthusiasm for what she does is evident, and this passion carries over to the line’s fresh and impeccably on-trend designs.

Check out the BCBGeneration collection at!

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Fresh Picks: Red, White and Blue

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While there's a veritable sea of summer trends out there to covet, there's nothing quite as iconic as All-American red, white and blue. When it comes to achieving a classic Americana summertime look, this patriotic and chic color combo is the way to go. It evokes summer picnics, fireworks, and nautical style. Whether you choose to add hints of red, white and blue in your accessories or your clothes, the look is decidedly summer.

Check out some of our fresh picks for red, white and blue: (clockwise)

Dooney & Bourke Cork Large Equestrian: The classic structured shape of this bag looks just as great for the office as it does for the weekends.

Butter London Three-Free Laquers in Pillar Box Red: This flirty true-red nail polish is a classic that you won't want to be without this summer.

BCBGeneration Ruffled Cami Dress in Lipstick: Flirty and airy, this dress is great for a summer party.

Havaianas Slim in Navy: Once you step into these cult-favorite flip flops, you won't want to take them off all summer long. They're a true summer essential.

DKNY white sunglasses: It just wouldn't be summer without the perfect oversized shades! This one is very modern-day Jackie O.

Splendid White Rugby Stripe V-Neck Top in Blue Steel: This classic rugby-stripe tee looks fantastic paired with linen drawstring pants or shorts for a nautical feel.

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Fresh Picks: Summery Bags

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When it comes to picking out summer handbags, color and shape are key. There’s no easier way to add bold color to your summer wardrobe than adding in a brightly-hued bag. Think corals, cobalts, bright white and any other summery color.

Here are some of our top picks for handbags that make us all the more excited for summer:

1.  Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Medium Tote: This carry-all nylon tote bag is perfect for running around all summer long. Its fuss-free and unstructured shape is just right for weekends by the pool.

2.  Kate Spade Jezibel Tote: Bold and strikingly whimsical, this tote is a real conversation piece. It evokes that fun South Beach spirit, making it the ultimate resort tote bag.

3.  Cole Haan Highline Straw Izzie Large Clutch: A straw clutch makes the perfect companion for summer dresses. This one, with its colorful trim is pure perfection.

4.  Nanette Lepore Woven Large Clutch: Perfect for a summer party, the tassel detail on this lovely clutch is completely on point for the season.

5.  Cole Haan Jitney Chevron Print Kendra Tote: The fun print and lively color combo make it an utterly show-stopping choice for a vacation tote.

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Fresh Picks: Minimal Sandals

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While there is no shortage of thoroughly-embellished footwear out there this season, sometimes it’s refreshing to just pare down to the bare, chic basics. With minimalism being a big trend for spring this year, it’s only natural that minimal sandals make their way into the fashion radar. There’s plenty of examples to choose from, but some our favorites this season are of the flat sandal variety.

Check out a few of our top picks for barely-there minimal sandals. They go with tons of ensembles, so they’re bound to be your new faves well into the summer season. 

Sam Edelman Garner: This two-toned strappy toe-ring sandal is a great go-to for outdoor concerts because it stays securely on your feet.

Pour La Victoire: A modern take on the gladiator sandal, this one is perfectly unadorned and boasts a very cool downtown vibe.

Libby Edelman Gella: The metallic and cork combo on this simple T-strap gives it chic and relaxed feel.

Cole Haan Air Tali: A simple, understated way to infuse color, this sleek T-strap sandal goes with everything in your summer wardrobe.

Diane Von Furstenberg Kaiti: Show off a fresh pedicure with this revealing and superbly chic sandal.