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Bottoms Up!

imageI love my low-rise jeans just as much as any other fashionista, but I’m tired of going commando simply to avoid VPL (visible panty line) syndrome. Thanks to Smart Ass, a “cheeky” line of inspirational lingerie, I can finally wear fun ’n fashionable thongs without fear.

Not your granny’s underwear, Smart Ass is a sexy, yet comfy panty collection with a little panache. Ergonomically designed not to ride up your rear, Smart Ass is much more than gimmicky lingerie gear. The back T-bar of each thong is emblazoned with sassy sayings like “Kiss My…,” “Desperate Housewife,” “Yummy Mummy,” “Shopaholic,” “Trophy Wife,” “Caught You,” “Drama Queen” and of course, “Smart Ass,” ensuring there’s something suitable for every behind. Plus, every pair is embossed with a kickin’ donkey logo – a little extra something to make you smile every time you drop your drawers. With so many color combos to choose from including pink, baby blue, white and black, you can be a “smart ass” every day of the week.

Created by Vancouverites Alix Cameron and Cindy Ball after witnessing one too many strangers squat down and inadvertently flash their butt cracks, Smart Ass has literally been kicking ass. The duo recently revealed two new collections, SmoothOperator – seamless, laser cut, microfiber camis (with built-in bras), gal shorts, bikini bottoms and thongs that sit flat under clothing (no more bumps and bulges!), and EuroTrash – the same flirty styles, made from stretchy, see-through mesh fabrics (ohh-la-la!) that looks fab when worn as a sexy under-layer.

Now that my lingerie chest is filled with Smart Ass, I can’t help but flash my fanny. Don’t be shy… get your arse in gear and give Smart Ass a try!

P.S. Fashion Junkie will be away through the July 4th holiday and will be returning on July 9th. Happy Holidays!

Fashion Junkie

  • Smart Ass
  • 1-866-599-GALS
  • $20-$40 (free shipping on orders over $75!)
  • Exchanges on unworn products within 30 days of purchase with receipt.
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Kiddie Couture

imageIt’s a fact of life. Hit the big 3-0 and suddenly your mailbox starts brimming not only with fertility pamphlets, but baby announcements. One of the first such postcards I received was plastered with a picture of my two-week-old nephew, Levi (yes, the cutie is named after a pair of jeans). But with six consecutive envelopes arriving from friends as well, how many more Baby Gap visits could I possibly endure? To save my sanity, a friend turned me on to the experts at Alex Casey Baby. A chic e-boutique that sells of-the-moment clothing, accessories and organic skincare for pint-sized peeps, Alex Casey Baby is a one-stop-shop for busy moms from Beverly Hills to Boston.

Conceived by Jill Notkin and named after her baby girl, Alex Casey Baby has become the go-to spot for proud new parents and aunties alike in search of a fun and stress-free shopping environment. A breeze to navigate thanks to catchy categories like “Dress Me Up!,” “Feed Me!” and “Pack Me Up!,” Alex Casey Baby makes it easy for even a novice like me to buy multiple baby gifts. With a handpicked assortment of primo products that are beyond gorge, I was tempted to special order every item in my size. Some of the staples I stocked-up on included designer diaper bags (the PackaBe in Perky Perennials), cozy cashmere hoodies with matching blankies (spotted on every Hollywood “It” baby), cotton onesies adorned with animal prints to pretty pink tutus for prima ballerinas. Thanks to Alex Casey Baby, my nephew is now the best-dressed Vancouverite playing in the sand box.

Special Fashion Junkie deal just for YOU! is offering subscribers 10% off any item of your choice from Monday, June 25, 2007 through Monday, July 23, 2007. Enter the code “FJFIX” upon checkout to redeem your discount. Happy shopping!

Visit and (Jill Notkin’s blog) to learn more about the latest and greatest baby must-haves.

  • Alex Casey Baby
  • 866.574.3536
  • $12-$150
  • refunds within 10 days of purchase on unused items, with receipt and original packaging
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Surf’s Up!

imageWith the 4th of July only a few weekends away, now’s the time to plan your wardrobe for that beach getaway. While there’s an obvious list of essentials to pack including over-sized shades, a Brazilian bikini and a steamy Candace Bushnell novel, don’t even consider hitting the sand without the latest arm candy: a Surf Betty funboard. That’s right… surfboards have suddenly become girly.

Not unlike a designer purse, a Surf Betty board when slung under your shoulder makes an undeniably cool and stylish statement. And thanks to the slew of surfing shows that have sprung up over the years including Babe Watch (err, Baywatch), Blue Crush, and now, HBO’s John From Cincinnati, it’s becoming more and more chic for chicks to catch the wave. Hot on the heels of this girly phenomenon is Aussie-based Global Surf Industries, the world’s largest distributor of in-demand surfboard lines such as the NSP (New Surf Project) Surf Betty. A femme-tastic range of boards made exclusively for women, Surf Betty, delivers a balanced, easy ride and comes in an assortment of sleek designs and punchy floral patterns, making it the board of choice for beginners and experienced surfers alike. With up to five Surf Betty models to choose from, not only will you develop a sleek physique (surfing burns calories big time), but you’ll also be the most stylish babe to hit the beach.

Exclusive Fashion Junkie deal just for YOU! Global Surf Industries is giving away a 7’2” NSP Surf Betty (pictured above) to one lucky subscriber (a $375 value!). All you need to do is forward this email to five friends and you’ll automatically be entered to win. The winner will be notified via email on July 9th, 2007. You must be over the age of 18 to qualify.

  • Global Surf Industries
  • 877-474-6503
  • $345-$499 (Surf Betty Boards)
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image Calling all commuters! You no longer need to pair panty hose and skirts with socks and sneakers, one of the worst fashion faux pas ever to be committed (remember Melanie Griffith in Working Girl?). Thanks to CamiLeon Heels, the world’s first completely convertible high-heeled shoes, not only will you be able to sprint for that train, but you’ll catch it blister-free too! Elegant and eye-catching, these comfy and convenient pumps transform from a sleek 3 ¼ inch stiletto to a chic, 1 ½ inch heel in seconds.

Ideal for girls on the go who don’t want to schlep multiple pairs of shoes in their purses, with CamiLeon Heels, you’ll never have to… no matter where you’re headed. Created by Dr. David Handel, who wanted to rid women of ailments caused by wearing towering heels for hours on end, the concept for CamiLeon Heels came about simply by watching his sons playing with transformer robots. Using technology similar to that found in these retractable toys, CamiLeon Heels morph from high to low without having to remove the shoe. When you want to go low, just unlock the adjustable heel, stow it beneath the arch, et voila, you magically have a lower-heeled version of the same shoe. Thanks to the steel rods running through the heels and secure locking device, you need not worry about spraining your ankle when you choose to wear ‘em with added height.

Buyers beware: ache-free feet don’t come cheap (from $250 and up).  Made from buttery soft, high quality Italian leather, CamiLeon Heels are available in an assortment of surprisingly sexy and seasonal styles, from flirty ‘n feminine almond-toe sling-backs, strappy pointy-toed pumps, sophisticated spectators to stunning open-toed patent sandals. And with a smashing combo of classic colors such as black, bone and fire engine red, there’s no reason to stash those Reebok’s in your office drawer anymore.

CamiLeon Heels are available at &
Happy shopping!

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Patent Pending


Summer in the city just got a whole lot steamier, thanks to Cammie Hill’s sizzling new collection of patent leather clutches. Unlike anything you’ve toted around town, these ultra hip, high-shine handbags are being snatched-up by style influencers from Hollywood to the Hamptons.

Starting out in 2003 with a signature line of ruffled wristlets sold out of her New York City apartment, Cammie Hill’s big break came after Sarah Jessica Parker pranced around with one in an episode of Sex and the City. Ever since, her line has garnered praise from stylists and celebs alike and has grown into a coveted collection of chic ’80s-inspired clutches and ruched hobos constructed from buttery Italian leathers, double-faced satins, burlaps, cork and punchy patents.

Down right practical and durable, every Cammie Hill clutch is crafted with a silky satin lining and a roomy interior pocket that zips up, so you can safely store essentials like your fave over-sized shades and lipstick. An even bigger bonus: each silhouette is also suitable for corporate functions and black-tie affairs since they’re made from a medley of high quality fabrics with sheen, ranging from ultra modern shades of kelly green, cherry red to gleaming gold. Just wait ’til you get a hold of the playful Cocktail Can Can – an irresistible combo of flirty, multi-tiered leather ruffles and curvy wooden handles. Other Cammie Hill arm candy you’ll want to get your hands on include an elegant white, patent envelope shape with contrasting navy piping (a perfect cruise companion) and the frilly canary yellow cinch which snaps shut with a secure, magnetic closure.

With a plethora of pretty styles at insanely accessible price points (nothing tops $245), its easy to become a Cammie Hill collector (I already have 5 of my own).

Exclusive deal just for YOU! is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers 30% off all merchandise from Monday, June 4, 2007 to Monday, July 2, 2007. To redeem this special offer, enter code FJFIX at checkout. Happy shopping!

  • Cammie Hill New York
  • 646.206.6261
  • $210-$245
  • within 7 days of purchase with receipt
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