Summer 2010 Trend Alert :: Sandals!

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Summer’s the best excuse to step up our sandal game. And we’ve been taking style notes from the stars.

Inspired by their fancy footwear–from grommets and studs to ruffles and baubles–we searched hundreds of online retailers and came up with some pretty fab finds.

Read more to check them out!

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Summer 2010 Trend Alert :: Statement Handbags

This summer, it’s all about arm candy!

Whether you’re a lover of the oversized style, a simple satchel or shoulder bag, a chic purse can add the perfect pop to any outfit.

This season, we’ve spotted celebs rocking fun trends–from colorful shoulder pouches to stylish top handle bags.

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Read more to shop our fav statement pieces.

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New Bag on the Block

Let’s be honest. The handbag section is the abandoned lovechild of your local department store. If you’ve got a stylish bone in your body, you do all you can to avoid it.

But new brand, olivia + joy (why does it scream alice + olivia?!), is hoping to change the game with its collection, which debuts exclusively at Macy’s this week.

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Love It or Leave It :: Personalized Louis Vuitton Handbags

I’ve seen the lengths people go to just to become the proud and accomplished owners of Louis Vuitton handbags. Stories of a month-long granola bar diet, or taking public transportation instead of spending on fuel, come to mind.

But I’m wondering how the die-hard Louis V fans will feel about “Mon Monogram.” It’s a new personalization service from the bag and luggage makers, who say they can customize your selected purchase within six to eight weeks.

I tried it and was able to add my own variation of stripes and initials. Maybe it was my choice of colors, or placement of my initials but for some reason, I didn’t like the outcome very much (see below).

The verdict? I’ll leave the personalization to people who already own a closet full of Louis Vuitton and stick with the plain old classic pieces.  Because at nearly $1,000 a pop, I can’t see how it’s worth the risk.

Try the personalization tool for yourself.