Bikinis Amidst the Bitter Cold

It’s crazy to think that in the midst of icy temperatures, white Christmases and permanently cold toes —  despite layers and layers of thermal socks —  the fashion world is introducing its newest resort 2011 lines. But to freezing fashionistas everywhere, the end of December only means one thing: hello flip-flops and barely-there bikinis!

Designers such as Mara Hoffman, Diane von Furstenberg, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, Elizabeth and James and Rosa Cha have started to debut their beach bags, cover-ups, wedge sandals, sunglasses and bikinis — all necessities that you’ll be wearing or toting in St.  Bart’s or Cabo San Lucas in the spring. Check out all of these resort trends coming soon in stores or on fashion websites, such as Shopbop and Net-A-Porter.

 

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Gothic Grace

Inspired by Natalie Portman’s most recent role in the movie “Black Swan,” in theaters on December 3, 2010, fashion has taken an eerily elegant and slightly gothic turn. Portman plays a veteran ballet dancer amidst the world of New York City ballet in the psychological thriller that has many dark twists and turns. Designers such as Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, Haute Hippie and Club Monaco have incorporated aspects of this macabre film, in the form of prima ballerina tutu-esque skirts, coquettish corset dresses and ostrich-plumed clutches into their most recent fashion lines. I encourage all you fashionistas to take center stage and embrace your inner goth!

Super Sweet Stocking Stuffers

The week leading up to Thanksgiving only means one thing…it’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the anticipation of spending hours upon hours slaving away in the kitchen helping good ol’ Grams make her famous homemade apple pies. Or watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”  and football bowl game marathons with the family.

On the contrary, this week means it’s time to start Christmas shopping! Currently, Shopbop is featuring over six pages of fabulous gift ideas. Whether it’s a Madewell “Ice Cluster” necklace for your sister, a Marc by Marc Jacobs cosmetic bag for your mom, or a Free People cardigan you secretly plan to wrap for yourself (shh—your secret’s safe with us!), Shopbop has it. All of the items above mentioned are also under $150, perfect for last minute stocking stuffer ideas!