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Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Shopping Roundup

Sometimes the more I see an item in the store, the more I like it. I passed up two opportunities to buy the diagonal-striped swimsuit from the Jovovich-Hawk for Target line, but I bought it the third time. What I like about it is the flattering color combination and the angled stripes which create the illusion of a slimmer shape. It can also be worn as a halter top with high-waisted jeans for a retro look.

In the photo above, I paired a bold graphic print top with my new high-waisted shorts from Forever 21. This top is one that I will only wear when I'm feeling happy or bold, as I'm sure to get some looks - both good and bad.

I found this pretty halter dress from a boutique called Camouflage in downtown Ventura, CA. It's got a great built-in belt, adorable buttons, and a flattering cut which emphasizes the waist and shoulders. This spring, I'll have so much fun layering this dress with T-shirts, cardigans, and scarves.

The edgy (and perhaps crazy-looking) paint-splatter top pictured above was one of those items that I made a mental note of while shopping. I didn't pick it up right away, instead, I thought about it for a few minutes and then decided that I couldn't let it slip away. It has ruched side seams so it can be worn long as a tunic or shorter like a tank top.

I must have been inspired by both Jake G.'s wardrobe in Brokeback Mountain and my upcoming trip to Texas when I bought the men's Wrangler jeans pictured above. In the past, I've seen Wranglers at Barneys New York and scoffed at the prices. I scored this pair for less than the cost of two movie tickets. They have the high waist I'm looking for and are cut pretty straight through the leg so I can wear (cowboy?) boots underneath my jeans. Now all I need to learn how to do is two-step...