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Save Steal Splurge: Stack Bracelets

Summer means bare arms and bronzed skin €” and there’s no better way to accentuate both than with a few choice bangles, bracelets and baubles. But sometimes, we don’t want to coordinate our bling, so we leave it to sets to make it happen with no thinking at all. Snag these picks and you won’t have to think, either, just slip them on (mixing and matching is optional, since we’re opting to keep things easy), slide into your new bathing suit and you’re totally set.

Save: Bp.

Beaded Multi-Strand Tassel Cuff ($18)

Splurge: Baublebar Port Bracelet Duo ($34)

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Our Sweetheart Dress Picks for Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day, we say kiss goodbye to the red dress and opt for something with the same sentiment, only less overtly so: A dress with a sweetheart neckline. On the runway, Francisco Costa showed sculptural sweetheart necklines at Calvin Klein collection, and our hearts started beating faster when we noticed this divine d©colletage booster popping up at many of our other favorite brands. 

Free People Seamless Medallion Sweetheart Slip Dress

For a blend of daring and demure, the Free People Seamless Medallion Sweetheart Slip Dress ($68) takes the sweetheart neckline (paired with straps, in this case) and marries it with a sexy illusion stretch lace. This curve-hugging dress will leave little to the imagination in terms of your figure, but trust us when we say it’s completely lined and could even work for the offices if you throw on a tailored jacket. Shed the extra layer after you’ve clocked out and you’re Valentine’s Day ready.

Available at Piperlime.

Alice + Olivia Jocelyn Sweetheart Gown

If your plans call for something a little more formal than a cocktail dress, the Alice + Olivia Jocelyn Sweetheart Gown ($440) is a dress you’ll wear again and again. Not only is the casual silhouette perfect for a night out, it’s easy, breezy shape is prefect for sunny L.A.-style days if you wear it with a wide-brimmed hat a la Hedi Slimane’s SLP collection and strappy sandals.

Dress it up for Valentine’s Day by keeping it a little more sleek and sophisticated, letting your shoulders and d©colletage take center stage.

Available at Shobop.

J. Crew Raquel Dress

Girls in the know have a little secret: The J. Crew bridesmaids section. It’s so cute and easy on the wallet that many budget-conscious fashion fans stock up on the frocks whether they’re going to be part of a bridal party or not. We love the J. Crew Raquel Dress ($235), with its sweetheart neckline and modern origami-inspired bodice (with hidden boning to make sure everything stays in place).

Available at J. Crew.

Rebecca Taylor Lil Bit Leather Strapless Sweetheart Dress

Are you a little bit glam and a little bit girly? The Rebecca Taylor Lil Bit Leather Strapless Sweetheart Dress ($495) is everything you want in one piece. Combining the sex appeal of supple, soft lamb leather with a flowing, romantic skirt, the dress is playful and provocative all at once. And since it’s in a subtle shimmering nude, it’ll take a second look for anyone to see that you’re wearing leather at all.

Available at Rebecca Taylor.

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Gift The Best of L.A. with Picks Under $100

When you’re told to shop local, you’re probably thinking about kale and cauliflower, not couture. But when it comes to shopping local, there’s one mindset we can definitely get behind: shopping our favorite L.A. brands. We’ve got enough to gift your favorite Domino-living domestic goddess, that boho friend who thinks it’s always festival season, your favorite guy (everyone needs a T-shirt, especially one as soft as our pick from Sol Angeles) and more.

You’ve still got time to shop, so whether or not you’re buying for someone living in the City of Angels, you can give your nearest and dearest a little piece of L.A.

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The Best Buffalo Check Picks for Under $100

There are some things that just come back year after year. Those red cups, faux fur and over-the-knee boots come back every winter no matter what the prevailing trends are. And one of our favorite perennial trends is buffalo check. It’s a warm and cozy pattern that’s tomboy cool and outdoorsy all at once.

Paired with distressed jeans, you’ve got a downtown look that’s perfect thanks to the grunge revival. But wear buffalo check with some of your tailored pieces and you’ll look like you’ve stepped right out of a Ralph Lauren ad. So go classic with red and black or try your hand at a bold black and white, because when you stow it away come spring, you can be sure that it’ll be back when the temps start to drop.

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Monday Muse: L.A.’s Joie Shows in Paris for Spring 2016

Joie Spring 2016

For years now, Joie has been the label for cool girls that love L.A. style with a bit of Francophile flair. Even the brand’s name sounds French, so it’s no surprise that many people €” even the babes who love the brand €” think it’s actually from Paris. But in reality, it’s an L.A. label that’s earned a top spot among contemporary brand for offering up cool, breezy clothes that girls everywhere want to wear. Well, for the very first time, the brand decided to host a presentation in Paris, giving the clothes a setting that echoed the sensibility and style of the line.

RELATED: Monday Muse: Malibu Inspires Trina Turk Resort 2016

Joie has always been romantic €” it’s a label that vintage-loving women flock to when they don’t have the time to actually head to vintage stores (or hate the heartbreak of finding a one-of-a-kind creation that doesn’t quite fit). So for this Parisian collection, designer Rachel Wilder-Hill amped up the romance and femininity. There were touches of lace and intricate embroidery.

The collection also marks 15 years of the line, which started out as a denim-based label. The jeans have clearly taken a backseat to other offerings, which is especially evident if you’ve happened upon one of the brand’s Left Bank-inspired shops.

Joie Spring 2016

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To passersby, it might look like typical boho festival fare, but what sets Joie apart from its contemporaries is its fabrication and attention to detail. Gauzy voiles are lighter than air. Embroideries are clean and crisp, but look hand-hewn and authentic. There’s a luxury behind the boho layers, especially with the addition of skinny belts, drawstring details and flowing sleeves. Critics of the line say it’s moved past its denim roots, but what we see is the Joie girl growing up. She’s graduated from designer denim to maxis, suede trousers ’70s Charlotte Rampling influences. Those were seen most clearly on tea dresses and soft, washed denim pieces.

For more information, visit www.joie.com.

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Monday Muse: Grace Jones Inspires Atelier Versace

Grace Jones

Grace Jones photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe, 2003

Donatella Versace’s muses have always leaned towards the world of music, so it’s came as little surprise when she bestowed the honor of being the face of her brand to songstress and provocateur Lady Gaga. Gaga herself was sitting front row at Versace’s latest fashion show during couture week, and she may have been boasting a perfect waterfall of blonde Donatella locks, but the girls that walked the runway evoked a different chanteuse: Grace Jones.

Gaga was wearing one of Donatella’s latest couture creations, complete with a Jones-inspired hood. The collection that walked the runway was a continuation of Versace’s couture trajectory. Donatella gave the audience repeated looks at the architecture and underpinnings of each garment (plunging necklines that were outlined with Jones’ hoods helped), a theme she continued from last year’s beloved collection — worn by the likes of Selena Gomez and Celine Dion. With one diva in attendance and the other attending in spirit, there was plenty in the room that lent itself to the glamour and grandeur of an Atelier Versace collection.

Grace Jones came onto the scene in the late ’70s when she rode the New Wave movement onto radio airwaves. She’s been performing ever since, and along the way, she’s racked up modeling gigs and posed for iconic photographers as well as appearing on stage and in films. All the while, she boasted a carefully honed image that included leotards, gender-bending outfits and skintight latex costumes — most of which were accompanied by her signature draped hood.

Jones is probably most known for her roles in Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and as May Day in the fourteenth James Bond film, A View to Kill. After her success as an actress, she continued to release music and receive accolades for her work. She’s become an icon in both the worlds of music and fashion and continues to inspire designers and musicians today.

Atelier Versace Spring 2014 Couture

Atelier Versace Spring 2014 Couture

For her Spring 2014 Couture show, Donatella Versace showed a combination of structured armor-like jackets and decidedly un-Versace draped skirts. The Grace Jones hoods worked to soften the harder, more tailored looks (Azzedine Alaia, the man who put Jones in her first hooded dress, sat front row) and to give peekaboos at handworked corsetry and embroidered nude tulle bodysuits. Anatomical contours were traced out in tiny chains and crystals, giving the looks a futuristic effect, striking a not that Jones repeated her entire career.

Donatella used her workshops to the best of their ability. Nude bodysuits were embroidered with beaded tribal motifs and crystal tattoo patterns. Leather jackets were deconstructed and pieced back together on lightweight georgette, giving flashes of skin between the the pieces. Models walked down the runway in voluminous ball gowns that looked like liquid glass. Gaga drank it all in front row, but it was clear that today at least, she wasn’t the biggest diva in the room. Donatella’s throwback to Grace Jones’ brand of disco glam looked fresh and new. She was just bringing it to a new generation of admirers.

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Our Favorite Denim Accessories

Nothing comes between you and your favorite jeans — that’s a fact. They get you through days where you’re not feeling so hot and days where you feel like you could be snapped by Mr. Tommy Ton himself. But let’s not let our jeans get all the attention. Denim is being used on accessories and more, so you can spread the love and find your denim sole mate or maybe take a swing with a denim bag on your arm. Forget any Canadian tuxedo faux pas, because we’ll be mixing and matching these down home denim picks with all of our favorite pieces. And as a bonus, pick up Rizzoli’s tome on blue jeans, with stories from celebs and models such as Kate Moss, Jane Birkin and more. Think of it as jean-ius advice from the pros themselves.

Clockwise from top left:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Arigato Chambray Backpack ($198), Jenni Kayne Denim d’Orsay Flats ($450), Vans Sk8 Hi Slim ($64.95), Koku Vivia Denim Clutch ($150), Nixon the Sentry Denim Strap Watch ($125), French Sole Sloop Flat ($119.95), A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends; Emily Current, Meritt Elliott and Hilary Walsh (Rizzoli) ($35), Soludos Barca Striped Espadrilles ($43)