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A Piece of Misch

April 14, 2009 by
Mischa Barton in a signature headband.

Mischa Barton in a signature headband.

With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, what better way to mix up your winter hair rut than with a floral headband?


My latest obsession: Mischa Barton’s designs for Stacey Lapidus.


Mischa regularly sports a beachy, laid-back hairstyle with an array of headbands for day and night. This year she teamed up with one of her favorite accessory designers, Stacey Lapidus, to create a line that stays true to the Lapidus look but channels her personal LA girl style.


You can get a piece of the OC starlette’s look directly designed by MischMisch herself: Pearls, rhinestones, and beads braided into pastel silk and chiffon fabrics look just like a treasure pulled out of the sea. (You’ll definitely feel a little more laid-back and lighter spirited with one in your hair.)


Mischa’s headbands along with other Stacey Lapidus accessories can be found at Nordstrom in NorthPark Center and at Sebastian’s in Snider Plaza.


Checkout the Stacey Lapidus Website for full collections.


Elizabeth Lowe

Pedal to the Metal

April 7, 2009 by

Beach Cruiser
Need an Outlet for your summer fever, or just a way to calm that overall jitteriness until classes are over? Channel your inner ’60s Cali beach babe and enjoy the kind of stylin’ bike ride the Beach Boys would have sung about.
Fleetwood’s Kit Kat Bike Rentals offers cheap deals for daily and weekly bike rentals and is located right on Mockingbird Lane. Choose a bike from an array of colors like hot pink or tangerine orange. Add some pimped-out detailing, and make pedestrians and car drivers jealous of your wheels.
Free rides down Katy Trail and around Victory Park are offered twice a week, for those who want to pedal while keeping their wallets smiling.
What’s even more rad? Proceeds from bike rentals go towards preserving the Katy Trail. Even Lance Armstrong will think you’re “living strong.”
So grab your friends and take in the sunny skies together. It will make the countdown to summer just pedal by.
Visit Fleetwood’s Kit Kat for more information and rental rates. Fleetwood’s Kit Kat is located at 5214 E. Mockingbird Ln. and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Happy Trails!
Laura Cook

More Than Vintage: Jarma

April 6, 2009 by
A Vintage Jarma Necklace

A Vintage Jarma Necklace


It didn’t get much better than playing dress up in your grandma’s gowns and stomping around in your mom’s (ten-sizes too big) stilettos. But now we’re grown up (sigh) and sometimes all I want is an attention-getting piece. Something that shows the time in your grandma’s closet was worth it.


So if you’re like me, and love a vintage find check out Holly Olmstead’s vintage jewelry and accessories line Jarma.


From vintage designer pieces spotted at flea markets to stylish scarves, Olmstead has an eye for spotting the trendiest of items.


Check it out:

Best Kept Secrets

April 6, 2009 by

You’re hanging on to being a fashionista by a thread. The idea of a recessionista frightens you. Worry no more. With these best kept, online shopping secrets, you don’t have to let on that your bank account is tight.
Who: Gilt Groupe
What: Invite-only access to limited time luxury designer sales at up to 70% off. With names like Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and more, Gilt Groupe is literally a fashion maven’s gold mine.
When: Christian Louboutin goes on sale April 8 at 11 a.m. (Dallas time).
Why: Because you want to get your hands on those red soles (minus the $1,000 price tag). Oh, and because they do men, women, kids and home.
Who: Billion Dollar Babes
What: The online sample sale source. Three, 48-hour sales a week means perfect variety at perfect prices.
When: Right now? A fab Cosabella sale.
Why: Because we all want exclusive access to exclusive deals.
Who: Ideeli
What: Deeply discounted designer sales (everything from sunglasses to gowns) and giveaways.
When: Sales and giveaways don’t last long. But with a deep lineup of designers it’s no sweat if you miss one. A Vivienne Tam sale starts April 8 and their giving away a Roger Vivier clutch this week (but with a secret start time/date, you’ll have to click to find out when.)
Why: It’s always fun to find that some great things in life do come for free.
All the sites listed are invite only, if you’d like an invite comment or e-mail It’ll be our little secret.

Closet Culture : A Retail Revolution

April 6, 2009 by

Despite the fact that your closet is packed, finding something to wear is a daily dilemma. Stop stressing, Ilana Heller is ready for you to raid her closet. Heller, founder of Closet Culture, has picked up her biz based in Cali and set up shop in Dallas. Closet Culture is the ultimate solution for those – Oh, what to wear? – moments.
Here is the low-down on how Closet Culture works:
1) Closet Culture does a DNA (Designers Needed Assessment) on the SMU student body to determine what brands and trends are popular on our campus.
2) A location is picked on or near campus to set up the closet.
3) Students buy a membership and have access to trendy tops, dresses and handbags. You checkout the goods for the night/weekend return them (similar to website bag, borrow and steal but not virtual).
From Claremont to NYU, Closet Culture is already a running success at Universities across the nation. If you want to be apart of the retail revolution email or visit the website

Sweet Spring

April 6, 2009 by

So the weather’s warming up — finally! Which means its time to switch out the sweaters for sandals and put yourself in a dress. Luckily the long dress is making a bold appearance this spring. Perfect for lounging, or dressing up without feeling fussy or uncomfortable, the long dress is a vital.