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March 26, 2010

Get her look: Zooey Deschanel in "She & Him"

Style icon Zooey Deschanel is at it again. The actress, songwriter, singer, and all around sweetheart has teamed up with M. Ward to produce She & Him, a 13 track album that hit stores earlier this week. With song titles like "In The Sun" and "Lingering Still," one gets the feeling that Zooey's music is as pure and as down to earth as her signature style. The self-professed geek prefers indie labels over runway trends and carefully tailored pieces with mindful details. Her color palette of choice is akin to nature, with lots of earthy tones and soft shades of blue, green and pink. Here, inspired by photos from the "She & Him" collaboration, we channel a bit of Zooey's lingering spirit via our favorite Creative Contrast merchants so you too can get her look.

Look One: CHAN LUU Gold Vermeil Wrap Bracelet on Lawn, $215. CC SKYE Jagger Mini Statement Necklace‏ , $245ORLA KIELY Linear Cutlery Print Big Zip Wallet in Black, $92.

Look Two: Orla Kiely Butterfly Stem Purse, $70. Tolani Honeycomb Chocolate/Tan Combo Scarf, $80. Kenneth Jay Lane Flower Garden Party Drop Earrings, $102.

Anne-Marie Scali, Contributing Blogger

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March 21, 2010

Butterflies, Petal, Stripes and Color! Orla Kiely Summer 2010

Orla Kiely's Spring/Summer 2010 collection is full of fun with butterflies, stripes, petals and beautifully colored prints, we're dying to own them all! "The world of Orla Kiely is one where color, pattern, graphic control, texture and rhythm continually work and rework together." Orla Kiely's bright summer patterns splashed fashion's hottest runways and are continuing to show up all over the fashion world. Feeling ready for summer fun and perfect flirtatious nights? We are and we can't wait to do it with Orla!

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March 16, 2010

Spring Fever Style

Thoughts of spring are no longer simply distant memories as April is just around the corner. Soon our closets will be filled with light fabrics and flowing dresses. Get in the spirit of things by imaging yourself wrapped in a warm breeze and your wrist in a Chan Luu wrap bracelet.

Go global by infusing your look with tribal accents like this CHAN LUU Gold Vermeil Wrap Bracelet in Mystique Pink paired with SIR ALISTAIR RAI Tie Dye Mobius Scarf in Chiffon/Silk Black. Add the SIR ALISTAIR RAI OM OM Tribal Clutch and make sure to grab your passport on the way out the door. This cheerful trio is a perfect combination for daytime treks or tall drinks by the pool.

For evening, take your look to undiscovered heights with this red and grey CHAN LUU Graduated Gunmetal Nugget Wrap Bracelet. Paired with the MATTA Arjun Charcoal Scarf /Stole and a zebra print dress, you're ready to greet adventure, or a tall dark stranger.

Anne-Marie Scali, Contributing Blogger

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March 7, 2010

Sir Alistair Rai Summertime Style

With today's hottest celebrities flaunting their Sir Alistair Rai, also known as Satya Rai, it's no surprise that these hot looks are making a splash. Angelina Jolie, Lindsey Lohan, Hayden Panettiere, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and Jessica Alba are only a few of the brand's loyal followers!

Summer is fast approaching, and it's time to clean out that closet stuffed with wool cardigans, winter hats, and coats. Embrace the sunshine! What better way to do that then to check out some of the summer's best new dresses, clutches and scarves? The Goa Asymmetrical Caftan in Pink and White is perfect for those warm, summer nights. Looking for something with more glitz? Check out the Iconic Sequin Caftan Dress in Gold or in Blush (*my personal favorite*)!

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March 5, 2010

TREND REPORT: Alice in Wonderland as Fashion's New Muse

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With Tim Burton's heavily anticipated, and ever so enchanting film, Alice in Wonderland, finally debuting in cinemas Friday, March 5th, it comes as no surprise on just how pleased the fashion crowd must be. After all, this classically iconic Lewis Carroll fantasy hit has not only been revived into the minds and hearts of many-but also comes back with a special, highly fashion-forward twist, resulting in the cinematic beauty and rather trippy adventurous nature of its iconic and stylish characters. Whether it's the pure, misty air of the White Queen, the sweet, angelic nature of Alice, the evident passionate obsession of the colour red by the Queen of Hearts, the vintage pocket watch-wearing Rabbit, or the all-out wonder and amazement of the Mad Hatter's many frocks and accessories, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has indeed reintroduced such characters with a chic, over-the-top touch of bewilderment.

Honoring this memorable film, CFDA-award winner Tom Binns has teamed up with Disney to bring about a whimsical, fun jewelry collection inspired by the amazement of Alice in Wonderland. The detailing of each piece is simply amazing, conveying that "something special" quality just as its iconic characters have. Personally, I'm not sure whether it's the use of significant charms that I love the most, the intricately layered, statement-making silver necklaces of keys, hats, thimbles, and keyholes (which I'd rock with a simple white tank and jeans), the beautifully coloured use of red hearts (especially the earrings that I'd show off with my hair pulled back in a stylish chignon), but whatever the case may be, I'm simply fixated on this special Tom Binns line.

Here's a round-up of my key pieces, which are now sold at Creative Contrast. Must cop them before these rare beauties are gone forever...

By Lauren Baluyo, Contributing Blogger


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March 3, 2010

Get Their Look: Chan Luu

Creative Contrast is excited to carry select pieces from the Chan Luu collection. Defined by their delicate color combos and hand cut semi-precious stones, Chan Luu has become a fan favorite with celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

While these stars are known for their signature styles, you don't have to be a red c
arpet dare devil or a fly girl diva to wear the designer's pieces. Her stacked bracelets are easy enough on the eye (and the wallet) that anyone can make the look for them. Our suggestions? Pair any one of these wrapped bracelets with your favorite pair of jeans, short skirt or little black dress.

If you want to ge
t Lady Gaga's look, however, it as easy as slipping on this Gold Vermeil Wrap Bracelet on White Leather with a pair of vintage shades and red lips. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez favored Chuu's Gunmetal Wrap Bracelet with Chain which she wore with a chic jumpsuit and sweet attitute. We love how she tied her look together with a light scarf, like this MATTA Dupatta Ombre Scarf, wrapped effortlessly around her neck.

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