White Out
By Verky Arcos | 09/01/2009 - 17:00

Call me old school, but I am still a firm believer in not wearing white after Labor day (except precise winter white), but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still shop for white items.

I can’t stress this enough: now is the time to shop for all those fabulous summer clothes you were yearning for, at a fraction of the price. Take these great Levis white skinny jeans ($19.99), for example. I will rock them constantly next summer. 

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Flower Power
By Verky Arcos | 08/31/2009 - 16:08

I’m not gonna lie, I bought this BB Dakota dress ($73.50) on impulse and thought of returning it, but the more I lived with this cheerful floral dress the more I fell in love with it.  It is the perfect vacation dress—it’s long and comfy, but still elegant and sophisticated. And considering the weather we've been having in the Northeast lately, it doesn't hurt that the dress will brighten up a rainy day.

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Cute as a Button
By Miranda Noland | 08/28/2009 - 08:50

Every fall, I go searching for a stylish pair of boots that I don't have to spend a fortune on. I prefer them to be a little bit classic and a little bit trendy. Sometimes my search goes through much of the winter with little to show, but this year, I may have found what I am looking for before September even starts! Baker's Buttons (adorably and appropriately named) ankle boots in this smoky gray ($90, bakersshoes.com) are going to make me feel like a Victorian-era rebel.

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The Art of Illusion
By Miranda Noland | 08/27/2009 - 14:45

I'm a petite girl, and I go to great lengths to appear taller than my 5 feet 4 frame. Heels are always an option, but they can be quite painful when trudging through the uneven streets of New York City. So sometimes I turn to an optical illusion to help add height. Horizontal stripes make people look wider, and vertical stripes make people look taller. Clothes with vertical stripes are not easy to find ... unless you're  a New York Yankee.

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Coat of Many Colors
By Miranda Noland | 08/26/2009 - 12:00

Some girls have a thing for shoes. Some girls have a thing for purses. I have a thing for coats. I currently have about 40 coats in my fall/winter rotation, and I still seem to buy a few more each year because I just cannot say "no" to a well-designed coat. Wanna know my secret source for classically modern coats that might even be affordable? It's the high-end designer who's also creating cheap collections, which every designer seems to be doing these days.

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Saddle Up!
By Miranda Noland | 08/25/2009 - 16:34

I love the fall. I love the change in weather. I love the trees turning colors. I love the way the air smells once the temperature starts dropping. I love seeing all the kids returning to classes. I do hate that my parents no longer take me back-to-school shopping. Whether it was for pencils or gym socks, I was always thrilled to get something new. I may no longer need new notebooks and an apple for the teacher, but I still cannot help but get a little bit in the spirit of school.

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For the Love of the Game
By Miranda Noland | 08/24/2009 - 13:27

Most people don't know that I am a HUGE football fan. It started back in junior high when my equally obsessed mom taught me the rules of the game while we watched her beloved Kansas City Chiefs almost make it to the Super Bowl. I started collecting football cards and devoting all my Sundays and Monday nights to the game. I am no longer as committed as I once was, but I still love to watch a good game on a lazy Sunday.

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Spot On
By Lori Hoffman | 08/21/2009 - 15:00

I’m a sucker for cute bags, which is why I have a gazillion different shapes, colors and sizes in my closet. I can’t help it if I like to switch things up depending on what I’m wearing—I mean, not every bag is going to work with every outfit, right? I love this whimsical shoulder bag by Nappa Studio ($68). The colors aren’t overwhelming, and it’s a nice size for fitting all of the essentials. Add another one to the collection!

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Trend Overload
By Lori Hoffman | 08/20/2009 - 15:49

Are you ruffled out yet? It’s true that this season’s ubiquitous fluttery detail can’t be avoided, but I have to admit I’m still loving it.

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Walk this Way
By Lori Hoffman | 08/19/2009 - 16:58

Ever since I had my son in January, I haven’t been able to carve out time to exercise. Mornings are hectic, and after work—well, let’s just say the last thing I want to do is squeeze in some cardio. So, the other day, our editor-in-chief, Mimi, suggested I start walking home from work. These are about 55 city blocks we’re talking about, which is a pretty good workout when you give it some thought. Only thing, I don’t want to be one of those power-walkers with the clunky sneakers and the ankle socks!

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