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Crazy for… Crocs?

imageAs a professional fashion and beauty blogger (tough job, I know), I pride myself on being on top of all the hottest trends. But the one craze I never thought I’d get caught up in is Crocs. You know, those hideous plastic shoes with Swiss cheese-like ventilation holes that every kid on the continent sports? Anyway, I was flipping through the New York Times T Magazine the other day, and much to my surprise was: a stylish four-inch heeled version with feminine (I repeat, feminine) crisscross straps! Who knew?

The “new and improved” chunky-heeled Croc (a.k.a. the Cyprus) is much more avant-garde than its granola-esque cousin. Touted by the manufacturer as the “most comfortable four-inch heels in history,” the Cyprus is crafted with special circulation nubs on the sole to better stimulate blood flow. Now that’s smart technology!

At only $49.99 a pop, the Cyprus is a bargain for even the most frugal of fashionistas. Call me a sheep following the herd, but yes, I’ll be sprucing up my summer wardrobe with at least one of the six eye-popping color combos, which include shimmery silver/lavender, ultra bright scarlet, chocolate, bronze, black/silver and solid black. Best of all, since the Cyrpus is lightweight and waterproof, I’ll finally be able to play in the sandbox with my 2 year-old nephew without worrying about mucking up my kicks. 

What do you think about the new Cyprus Croc? Post your thoughts on Fashion Junkie’s Re-Tales blog.

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Can You Keep A Secret?

imageCan’t cope with the chaos of brick-and-mortar sample sales? Then check out – an invitation-only sample sale site that offers members FREE access to dreamy designer clothing brands at up 70 % off retail, minus the catfights.

Sign-up for their email list and you’ll gain instant access to flirty cocktail dresses from Sharagano, including the multi-colored stunner shown here (slashed from $120 to $34.95!). Better hurry – this exclusive sale ends on Tuesday, April 8th at midnight!  Upcoming sales you won’t want to miss include Trunk Ltd. (funky rocker T’s), Ryka (luxe athleisure wear), 2BFree and Roberto Bianci (luxe watches). 

But wait, there’s more! Once you become a member, you’ll also be entitled to collect rewards points. Simply invite your friends to join and earn 5% of their Regents Secret purchases, which can be redeemed for merchandise!

Don’t delay – work your spring wardrobe at today! Happy shopping!

Exclusive Deal Just For YOU!, a jaw-dropping jewelry site, is giving away this stylish pair of black onyx earrings (pictured below) to one lucky Fashion Junkie Fix subscriber! 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 Thursday, April 10th. 2008. Good luck!

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Shop VIP Style

imageWho doesn’t love the thrill of finding designer clothing bargains? But lets face it, the chaos that typically accompanies brick-and-mortar sample sales (i.e. overwhelming crowds, misplaced inventory and crappy customer service), almost outweigh any benefit. That’s why I choose to shop for my designer discounts at – a by-invitation-only sample sale website that offers its members FREE access to hipster clothing brands at up 75 % off retail… minus the catfights.

Sign-up for HauteLook’s email newsletter today and you’ll gain access to deeply discounted dresses, cotton T-shirts, tanks and other wardrobe staples from Splendid, starting this Tuesday, March 4th from 8am to 11pm. Other can’t miss sales scheduled for this week include Ella Moss (50% off sexy striped tops and feminine dresses) and Katy Rodriguez (75% off sophisticated cocktail frocks like the one shown here).

Join the hautest shopping club in cyberspace and you’ll also gain access to behind the scenes designer videos, backstage fashion show footage, designer interviews and previews of upcoming collections. Visit for more information. Happy shopping!

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Hang Loose!

imageA degree in statistics isn’t exactly the kind of educational background you’d expect to find in an emerging fashion designer. But for Los Angeles–based Dorothy Lee, it was her knack for numbers and interest in interior design and architecture that prompted her to launch her namesake clothing collection. Now in its second season, Dorothy Lee’s ladylike asymmetrical dresses, billowy chiffon blouses and tiered hem tanks have been flying off the racks at some of the hottest names in retail like Big Drop, Wink and Nordstrom.

Known for slouchy, yet sophisticated silhouettes infused with quality and comfort, Lee’s muted designs are a refreshingly chic surprise, especially given the over-saturated retail market. A fan of luxe, travel-friendly and sustainable fabrics such as Lyocell jersey (a drape-y, lightweight cotton that feels like silk), Lee’s multi-functional and structured separates look smashing no matter what your shape or size.

Wait ‘til you see Lee’s Spring ’08 lineup – a flirty, feminine and wearable ‘40’s-inspired theme that’s reminiscent of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby. Some silhouettes on my radar screen: a knockout navy cocoon sleeve blouse (pictured above), a pale rose, short-sleeved cowl neck sweater (makes a killer ensemble with Lee’s slit cuffed shorts), a breezy silk blouse with an over-sized bow on the back, a cream tank dress with cascading ruffles and a royal blue cropped silk bell sleeve jacket (a perfect layering piece). Other signature details include delicate pleats, origami trims, puff sleeves and balloon-hemmed bottoms, all of which come in a variety of eco-friendly earth tones such as eggshell white, rose, pale yellow, forest green, navy and black.

With its wrinkle-free fabrics, no wonder Dorothy Lee is adored by time-pressed, jet-setting women. Think of all the money you’ll save foregoing all those trips to the dry cleaners!

  • Dorothy Lee
  • $97- $328
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Spring Fling

Having recently attended the Fashion Group Int’l Spring ’08 ready-to-wear runway overview, I thought I’d share some crib notes with my readers. I know, you’re probably thinking it’s way too early to plan your warm-weather wardrobe. But with pre-spring shipments having already hit boutiques, you’d better take some notes if you don’t want to be left out in the cold. 

imageEverything’s coming up roses and daisies and lilacs and tulips! That’s right, larger-than-life flirty ‘n feminine floral prints are emblazoned on just about everything from long, ankle-grazing gowns (the must-have length this season) to billowy tops, bags and shoes. Finally, a look that’s fun and flattering for everyone.  Emmett McCarthy Caroline dress, $395,

imageStep into spring with Grecian-inspired gladiator sandals, the footwear of choice for fashion influencers’ Ashley Olsen and Kate Moss. Bring out your inner goddess by donning this gleaming gold, leather number. Sport ‘em with a slinky tunic dress for a luxe, lengthening effect. Tory Burch metallic gold gladiator sandals, $275,

imageDon’t put away your patents just yet! High-gloss leathers in candy-colored hues will continue to outshine matte. That includes pretty patent shoes, bags, cropped jackets and even faux eyelashes (I kid you not!).  Marc Jacobs Rocker Fergie Clutch in acid yellow, $895,

imageRemember those hippie dippy, maxi dresses? Well, guess what… they’re back! Whether adorned with tribal prints or tie-dye (two other big trends), this sophisticated floor-sweeping silhouette will make dressing from April to August a cinch. Plus, it’s much more wearable than last year’s must-have mini skirt in my humble opinion. Lacey Parker Silk Ombré Gown, $398,

imageTribal prints on dresses, skirts, shorts, belts, shoes and tops have come a long way from tacky. Be it African (zebra stripes to leopard spots), Indian or Asian-inspired patterns (cool dragon motifs), this ethnic look consistently tops the fashion charts. Too loud for your taste? Try a more subdued khaki-colored shirtdress with a chunky beaded necklace and stacked heels. Paul & Joe zebra top, $265,

imageIt’s time to put those dreadfully drab midnight black and dark gray threads in storage. For spring, its ultra bright, eye-popping fabrics that will reign supreme. Work your warm weather wardrobe with punchy hits of neon including lime green, citron, sunburst orange, hot pink and electric blue – a bevy of in-your-face shades that are already ruling the streets of Manhattan.  Christian Louboutin patent d’Orsay wedge, $645,

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