Can you believe it's almost summer? We can't, especially when it's still completely grey and rainy outside (*sad face*). Still, we're so down with getting in the beach-slash-picnic-slash-sunshine spirit, and one way to do that is with a festive handbag. Whether you need a school or office book bag now that will double as a beach tote later or are looking for something completely bold to change up your shoulder accessory game, we're certain you'll find these warm weather bags both delicious and summertime friendly.
Lazy Oaf French Fry Shopper, Betsey Johnson Brasil Viva Tote, ASOS Ice Cream Backpack, and Cooperative Fruit Keychain.
Photo: ASOS; Macy's; ASOS; Urban Outfitters
Nothing says summer like a vibrant array of seemingly edible handbags. Why not pay homage to that time of year when fruit is riper, ice cream is mandatory, and eating take-out in the grass is the norm? We're obsessed with this craymazing Lazy Oaf French Fries Shopper ($13.05) which is bold, bright, and hilarious. This french fry guy wants to hold your swimsuit and your snacks. Betsey Johnson's Brasil Viva Betsey Tote ($98) has summertime embroidered all over it. From the puffy pineapple and metallic watermelon slice to the gold sequined sunshine at the rim, this is perfect for pairing with a simple tank dress. Or toss an ASOS Ice Cream Backpack ($60.88)—covered in cupcakes, swirly cones, and candy—over your t-shirt, denim cut-offs, and flip flops ensemble. Don't forget to tip your keys out, too, with this adorable Urban Outfitters Fruit Keychain ($8). Who doesn't want to pull a smiling strawberry out of their handbag?
Beyonce wears Blue Ivy necklace.
Photo: Getty Images/Courtesy of Beyonce's Tumblr
Anyone with a finger on the pulse of fashion can tell that nameplate necklaces are snowballing into one of the biggest accessory trends of the season, nay, YEAR! From "Yeezi" to Twitter handles to, you know, your own name, the metallic mini-billboard style is only growing in its ubiquity. Latest to hop on the boat is none other than Miss Beyonce, with a necklace that helps keep daughter Blue Ivy close to her heart, even when she isn't swaddled in louche furry buntings against mama's chest. Bey uploaded this snap of her baby Blue-exhalting Basch & Co. jewelry to her Tumblr. She wears it with a gold sideways cross necklace, button-up blouse, and blazer, and is holding those round sunnies that have been such a favorite for her lately.
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You can snag a pair of Iris Apfel's signature sunnies from Eyebobs.
Photo: Belathée Photography/Eyebobs Eyewear
We adore Iris Apfel. Who doesn't? Not only does she have insanely incredible Advanced Style, she's witty and knows her way around the fashion block. We spoke to her when she launched her MAC makeup collection (which was all about pink pigeons and party parrots, of course), and talked about how much she loves to style herself and try new things. Well, it looks like she's at it again as she recently collaborated with Eyebobs on a sunglasses line entitled, simply, "IRIS". We love everything about this, especially that the folks at Eyebobs call themselves "designers of eyewear for the irreverent and slightly jaded."
Anna Dello Russo shows off some of the pieces from her new H&M collaboration.
Photo: Magnus Magnusson
There's a photo of Vogue Nippon fashion editor Anna Dello Russo accompanying the the word 'fabulous' in the dictionary. Ok, so maybe that's not true (who has dictionaries with photos in them, anyway?) but it might as well be, the woman is so totally amazing. When we heard that she was teaming up with H&M to create an accessories collection, therefore, we jumped up and down at our desks and started searching furiously for a sneak peek of the jewels. Just as we were close to tears in our desperation to see something, anything, of the collection, the fashion gods and H&M's PR people smiled upon us and sent around a set of photos revealing some of the collection, along with an insane video taking you inside of Dello Russo's totally crazy-awesome apartment. Check out both after the jump.
Whew, prom is almost HERE. We're sure you've got your checklist in order and have dutifully crossed dress, hairstyle, and tricked-out DIY nail art off your exhaustive list. What's left? ACCESSORIES. This is arguably the hardest part of the prom equation. (Clutch or crossbody purse? Headband or bow clip? Statement necklace or simple pendant? And what about rings, bracelets, and the corsage????) *deep breaths* Whether you're going for an edgy, glammed-up, or total fairy tale look, we've got your accessory game covered.
PUNK PROM PRINCESS
Clockwise from left: ASOS Skull & Spike Necklace, Tarina Tarantino Skull earrings, Topshop Spike Headband and Metallic Clutch, The Misfits lapel pin, ASOS Triple Spike Ring and Rubber Bracelet.
Photo: ASOS; Endless; Topshop; Amazon
Not only is pink-punk edgy and feminine, it has no rules. It's all about throwing together a motley crew of spikes, skull, grommets, studs, and whatever your rock and roll heart desires. Just make sure to turn the music UP when you're getting ready and don't be afraid to share these accessories with a frothy retro dress and beat up Converse. We'd start with an ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace which goes with just about anything bare-necked or strapless. Pair it with some Tarina Tarantino Ivorette Lucite Skull Drop Earrings which are just sparkly enough without going overboard. To lighten the mood, we'd add a Suede Effect Spike Headband and throw jars of eye glitter, dark crimson lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and our best punk tunes (for hijacking the DJ booth) in this Topshop Metallic Asymmetric Clutch which can also be worn cross-body style. Instead of a corsage, pay tribute to The Misfits with this mini Misfits Ghost Lapel Pin affixed to the bodice of your dress. Stack some bracelets such as this ASOS Rubber Spike Bracelet (which won't hurt people when you hurl yourself around the dance floor), and don't forget to tip your sparkly black mani out in an ASOS Triple Spike Ring. #RAWK! Need more ideas? Right this way!
Dianna Agron, Taylor Swift and friends celebrate Shirley MacLaine's birthday.
Photo: Courtesy of @DiannaAgron's Twitter
You know how sometimes boys express genuine concern about not knowing what the heck girls do when they're together. The mysteries of sleep-overs and girls' nights and group vacations and the like. There's always a joke about painting each other's toenails or pillow fights in your underwear or Sex and the City marathons and you and your girls always roll your eyes knowing full well that sometimes events as saccharine as these occur. Well, boys, take note because Dianna Agron and Taylor Swift are demystifying at least one night in girl world for you with their frou frou-dressed, white kid-gloved, flower-wreathed celebration of Shirley MacLaine's birthday.
When it comes to sunglasses, Snooki is QUEEN. The Jersey Shore star launched her debut collection this spring, and it sold out in ONE. DAY. Nuts, right? Well, not so much. Snooki created everything from star-studded shield shades to zebra print aviators to '80s neon rhinestone frames for a wide range of sunglasses that can appeal to the masses. Last night she tweeted a pic of herself in a new pair of sunglasses from her upcoming summer line, and, dang, we can ALREADY tell that these bad boys are going to fly off the (virtual) shelves. She sported sunnies with a leopard print (obvs) to teal fade, which, um, we're kinda into. We're suckers for ombre ANYTHING, and we like that these are a little less flashy than her previous pairs. There's no set release date yet, but what do you think—are you looking forward to Snooki's summer sunglasses line?
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Out of all of the spring/summer 2012 trends, Tex Mex and Southwest looks are my favorite. I'm from the land of cacti and tacos, so dressing the part has always been a cinch. BUT, I must forewarn you, going head-to-toe with draped Pendleton scarves layered over multiple turquoise necklaces atop mix n' match Aztec-printed separates may not be for everyone. I like juxtaposing a few borderland and Day-of-the-Dead-inspired accessories with everyday basics to give my overall look a hint o' festive flavor. Throw in some Frida Kahlo and a smattering of saddle blanket adornment for total caliente chica cool. Check it!
FANTASTICAL FRIDA FINERY
Clockwise from left: ASOS Tex Mex Backpack, Topshop Stitched Stetson, Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks, ASOS Tassel Chandelier Earrings, ASOS MIAMI Aztec shoes.
Photo: ASOS; Topshop; Footwear Etc.
If you've seen a Frida Kahlo painting, you know it's all about COLOR. I'm talking electric blue, hibiscus pink, baked yellow, and bright orange; sometimes all mixed together in a serape palette that is as vibrant as it is energetic. This is the type of spirit I want you to imagine when infusing a South of the Border feel into your wardrobe. A perfect start—other than ceasing all brow-taming—would be an ASOS Oversized Tex Mex Skull Backpack which nods at Mexico's most famous holiday, Dia de los Muertos, while also tossing pink and yellow pom poms and multicolored skulls (who are smiling, I might add) all over your person. Topshop's Stitched Stetson Hat with delicate turquoise-y beads would work with a maxi dress and sandals or with a white t-shirt, faded jeans, and Hot Sox Frida Kahlo socks (#AWESOME). If you're truly going for it, though, I'd throw in a pair of ASOS Skull and Fabric Tassel Chandelier Earrings with everything I've mentioned thus far, and tip your toesies out in some ASOS MIAMI Lace Up Shoes With Aztec Print. These shoes alone work magic. Need more inspiration, preferable of the dusty desert variety? Right this way!
Adia Kibur jumbo neon hair clips.
Photo: Courtesy of Shopbop
This wedged silhouette is a familiar one for all who struggled as an elementary school-age girl to tame flyaways and keep unruly hair tamed whilst climbing monkey bars and giving book reports. The tall, skinny isosceles triangle, the curved edge, that middle divet designed to add some extra postion-holding security. The click-click open and close of the clip may have even provided a kind of stress relief to you moments before a standardized test. And yet, these aren't the Goody snap clips from your childhood, namely because they're about the size of the average third grader's face. These jumbo neon hair clips are the handiwork of the good people at Adia Kibur, the very same accessories behind the unique and colorful pieces currently selling out left and right on Bauble Bar.
We can't help but get ecstatic when we see one of our former MTV stars killin' it in the fashion world, so you can imagine our utter delight when we saw that Whitney Port expanded her Whitney Eve fashion empire even further! Our City girl launched a jewelry collection last week called Bits & Bobs and said she "absolutely loved designing this first season of jewelry and cannot wait for many more! It has been such an intriguing learning experience to work with metals. I had a blast going through the bins and bins of chains, beads, brooches and vintage jewelry in order to achieve what we have made. I absolutely love making jewelry because it is that one touch of sparkle, that one statement piece that can make an outfit shine." This jewelry line comes after Whit's first-ever NYFW runway debut this past February and the launch of her lower-priced line, WE by Whitney Eve, last month. She posted her entire fall 2012 lookbook online (which features everything from studded gold headpieces to intricate pocket chains) so take a peek at some images below, and let us know if you'll be swiping up any of Whitney's pieces later this year!