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Expanding on my last post about fruit-inspired colors, these dresses combine different shades of orange in a color blocking fashion. I love the fact that Forever 21 has this slightly better quality line, Love 21, which uses nicer materials like silk while keeping their prices down. The gold neckline of the more expensive dress could easily be translated onto the cheaper one with a chunky gold necklace. I would wear a dress like this with some nude pumps (just picked some up yesterday after finally finding a suitable color for my skin tone) or flat shiny sandals to dress it down for a summer night.

Diane von Furstenberg Aalisha silk dress $365 vs. Love 21 Silk Colorblock Shift Dress $32.80

“i salt and pepper my mango” and assorted other fruity hues -sunshowers, m.i.a.

Blood orange, cantaloupe, and mango yellow inspired shades are front and center this spring. I just ordered these fabulous earrings as my Jewelmint pick for the month of June and it got me thinking about their unique color; not quite mustard or marigold, but mango! I also wanted to do my own take on the June InStyle’s tangerine color story. This summer these fruity shades should definitely be incorporated into your wardrobe. It is so easy to do because they look especially sharp with the bright white summery pieces that everyone owns. Also try these colors with nautical navy and white stripes as an alternative to the classic red, white and blue look.

Blood Orange

1. Bebe for 90210 hanky hem top $49

2. Jil Sander gauze solid scarf on sale for $79, from $125

3. YSL Rouge Pur Shine No. 94 (Blood Orange) $30

4. Havana Crossbody Bag in Orange $48

5. Topshop orange peg leg trousers $75

6. James & Joy Marley one shoulder dress $72

7. Essie nail color in Braziliant $8

8. J.Crew neon gingham perfect shirt $72

Cantaloupe

1. Topshop orange doily retro cup bikini $56

2. Touch of Twang strapless dress $47

3. Topshop apricot embroidered fringe kaftan $80

4. Anthropologie goldfish bowl skirt $98

5. Tod’s leather bracelet on sale for $149, from $245

6. Banana Republic Helena sequin hemmed tank on sale for $24.99, from $45

7. Anthropologie Know the Ropes sandals $148

Mango Yellow

1. JewelMint Rio Bravo Earring $30 (click here to join Jewel Mint)

2. Free People daisy border short $78

3. Winston colorblock espadrille wedges $100

4. Cooperative a-line skirt on sale for $19.99, from $38

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs high tide lacquered wood stud bangle $78

6. ONE by JJ Winters evening bag $99

7. Tyler Rose Swimwear Hollywood bandeau top and low rise brief bottom $86 and $90

8. Pop Beauty nail glam polish in Mandarine $10

pho-”get you, ooh ooh oooh” -cee lo green

This morning I am on my way to get some pho! We’re going to Pho 95 because my brother is visiting from Australia and he was a regular at the place before he moved. I did not just get dressed up to go to Rockville Pike though, I am headed to work later! This outfit has two new buys in it: the bag and the top. Yesterday I picked up the bag at Forever 21, having realized that I have not really bought any large, everyday bags since high school. I needed another neutral one and these colors can be worn with everything! I will definitely be using the long strap that it came with too, for once. The blue top is Calypso St. Barth for Target. I usually don’t gravitate towards anything that could be described as a “peasant top” but I think this is a more refined version in silk tie dye, while still referencing the 70′s trend.

Blue silk tie dye top: Calypso St. Barth, Target; gray wide elastic belt: Primark; navy scarf print skirt: Urban Outfitters; gray satchel with brown trim: Forever 21; gold cocktail ring with ivory stone: Forever 21; navy calf hair flats: DVF

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DECOR

How inspiring can a dining room get? Lemony fresh yellow with mixed prints in black, white and gray could get a little crazy but modern furniture keeps it all composed. Photo credit: The Decorista

DESIRE

A $225 piece from Prabal Gurung's capsule collection for J.Crew. It's so girly but just a touch asymmetrical which makes it cool. I love J.Crew's taste in collaborations and am so glad that there are more of them to come. Photo credit: J.crew.com

DIVA

Oprah has done so much in 25 years, there is no one like her! Her goodbye to daytime TV this week was graceful and heartfelt. I was not someone who watched her show regularly but I especially enjoyed one of her last interviews which took place at Ralph Lauren's Double RL Ranch. (http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2011/05/watch_oprahs_tour_of_ralph_lau.html). Photo credit: oprah.com

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Studs are always an instant attraction for me when I go shopping. During my middle school years when I first discovered classic rock via my brother’s vintage CD collection, I started adding some rebellious, hard-edged accessories to my teeny bopper wardrobe.When studs made a comeback over the past few years, I was so excited that they were so widely accepted. The bag featured here today is a classic tan leather bag reinvented with a sprinkling of silver studs. The idea of reinventing the classics with studs is not just a Valentino thing; Burberry did it with their studded trenchcoats, which I referenced here.

Valentino Rockstud Bag $1800 vs. Zara Studded Leather Shopper$199

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DECOR

The print works just as well covering the chair as it does climbing up the walls. The milky white chandelier is a cool twist on a classic. A simple palette of black, white and gray never looked so cool with the gold accessories. Photo credit: The Decorista

DESIRE

The DVF Harper Day Bag ($625) in rose would be a great change for me. I spotted it for the first time in-person at Urban Chic's DVF Trunk Show on Thursday. I only go to extremes with my bags; it's either a clutch or an oversized satchel (much like I go between 4 inch stilettos or flats). This ladylike style is not my usual oversized day bag but it is a proper shoulder bag that sits under the arm! The color of the suede is unique but still very neutral. The tassel is the best part.

DIVA

Bill Cunningham is the opposite of a diva but is still the most notable person of my week, so he belongs here. I took my mom to the Bethesda Row screening of the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York", which chronicles the street style photographer's work. The man is so down to earth, it's unbelievable. He preaches not to let money control you and that the freedom to do whatever you want is the most important thing in the world. I think this and his minimalist lifestyle are the key to his success and happiness. (Photo credit: EW)

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I don’t know about all the other girls out there but I’m still on a bit of a royal wedding high. What better way to show that than through a sapphire hued dress, in honor of the royal ring. (Look, the stone hails from Sri Lanka!). This week’s look-for-less features two London-based brands, the more expensive one (see Issa featured here) being a favorite of Kate Middleton’s. I like how both designs go against the grain of traditional white or black lace by injecting some color. Even though these dresses are textured, I would colorblock my whole outfit when wearing them. Jewel-toned accessories would make the blue pop even more! Think satin ruby platform sandals, citrine earrings and an emerald clutch. Issa Lace dress $1015 vs. Topshop cobalt blue lace flippy dress $96

“i know i [cannes] be what i wanna be” -nas

Cannes Film Festival is ruling the red carpet watch on all of the fashion blogs and sites. I love how the event draws such an international crowd. There are notably a lot of Indian and Chinese stunners in the best dressed highlights, yay for Asia! I have collected my favorite looks here, the ultimate being Rachel McAdams’ Marchesa dress. She really blew me away and the Old Hollywood hairstyle complemented the look perfectly. Gwen Stefani’s look is a close second. Iman wore the same sequined jumpsuit in gold at a previous event but it was total overkill with her caramel-colored mane and gilded makeup. Gwen’s pink lips and the contrast of her hair do the outfit justice.

Vanessa Hudgens in Fendi, Li Bing Bing in Elie Saab Couture, Paz Vega in Azzaro, Aishwarya Rai in Elie Saab (Photo credit: Red Carpet Fashion Awards)

Left to right: Uma Thurman in Versace, Anna Dello Russo in Moschino, Sonam Kapoor in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, Cheryl Cole in Stephane Rolland Couture (Photo credit: Red Carpet Fashion Awards)

Left to right: Sarah Jessica Parker in Elie Saab, Karolina Kurkova in Armani Prive, Gwen Stefani in STella McCartney, Rachel McAdams in Marchesa, Zoe Saldana in Armani Prive (Photo credit: Red Carpet Fashion Awards

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Too busy to post yesterday, but here are some bits of inspiration from my week.

DECOR

Loving the magenta against a background of modern art! I found this shot on Elle Decor's Interior Designers A-List. That prompted me to further research Jamie Drake's work, http://www.drakedesignassociates.com/, which I am now a fan of. Photo credit: ELLE Decor

DESIRE

Julian Louie collaborated with Aldo to create these patchwork ikat heels. They are so unique and would bring spice to any outfit. The fabric is reminiscent of Osborn shoes (http://www.osborndesign.com/), except they are super high!. They are affordable too, at $125, because they have so many colors that they will match everything. Photo Credit: Refinery 29

DIVA

Donatella Versace, featured here in one of her fabulous homes, is the lady behind high fashion's latest childrens' clothing line. (Lanvin also announced that they'd be dressing the younger set recently). The collection debuts next spring in Florence. Photo credit: Cool & Chic Style Fashion

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The kaftan is a summer essential but especially so this year, due to the 70′s comeback. My mom had tons of kaftans from when she lived in Liberia during the 70′s, one of which I wore last summer when I visited Santa Barbara. I like how versatile a kaftan is because they vary in length and color, but are one-size-fits-all for the most part. Kaftan-shaped tops with big loose sleeves look great with jeans or a pencil skirt. A tunic length kaftan can work well over leggings and a tank top. Long kaftans are an easy evening option in a hot climate; all you need to accessorize are bracelets, a clutch and metallic sandals (a la Rachel Zoe).

Rachel Zoe rocks a maxi length kaftan with bling, strappy sandals and a clutch. Photo credit: Fashionable Foodie

Lotta Stensson glimmer printed georgette kaftan $445 vs. Sir Alistair Rai Jackie-O Kaftan in orange $28