Spring Trend Alert: The Oversized Slouchy Handbag


Update your wardrobe with an oversized satchel in soft, supple leather.

Styling tip: Look for handbags in bold colors like bright pink or yellow, or in neutral nude tones.

Featured: Michael Kors Large shoulder tote with braided straps, gold-tone hardware, yellow leather, $498. In Handbags at select Nordstrom stores and online at nordstrom.com

Spring Trend Alert: The Maxi Dress


The floor-grazing, daytime dress is versatile enough to go from all-day to all-out. 

Styling tip: Wear now with a cardigan or later in the season with flat sandals for the perfect spring look.

Featured: L.A.M.B. day gown with braided belt, drop waist, adjustable straps, cotton, henna print (cream/brown), $225. In Savvy at Nordstrom and online at nordstrom.com.

Spring Trend Alert: The Cardigan


From florals to stripes, the cardigan is a wardrobe staple for spring.

Styling tip: Wear a short-sleeved cardigan over a soft top or dress, or pair a longer style with boyfriend jeans.

Featured: Theory ‘Gwenyth M.’ striped cardigan, Italian wool, school bus multi (oatmeal/yellow/charcoal/navy), $315. ‘Sakina’ leather belt, gunmetal hardware, school bus (yellow), $175. ‘Liddita’ skirt with stitched-down box pleats, Italian wool/Lycra® spandex, indigo, $200. All in Individualist at select Nordstrom stores and online at nordstrom.com.

Steve Madden forms Another Partnership

Seems like Steve Madden is signing contracts everyday!

Jones Apparel Group, Inc. announced today that it has expanded its l.e.i. (Life. Energy. Intelligence) franchise by signing an exclusive license agreement with Steven Madden, Ltd.

Steve Madden will design, manufacture and distribute a collection of junior and girls footwear under the l.e.i. brand.

The collection will be distributed exclusively to Wal-Mart stores nationwide beginning Spring 2009.

Somehow it feels like Steve Madden is cheapening its brand, or maybe Wal-Mart and JC Penney are just stepping it up.