What I Could Have Scored for $66

True story - I filled up my tank on Sunday and my total was $66.01! And I don't even drive an SUV! I live in Los Angeles where the public transportation system is not nearly as sophisticated as other urban meccas (I blame it on MTV Cribs - everyone's always trying to show off their cars!), so trading in my debit card for a bus pass is a last resort. But shelling out all that dough for gas got me thinking about the far more glamorous things I could have purchased instead.

Arden B. Lace Mix Babydoll Tunic, $68 (Okay, $2 more than the gas, but still!)


Pleats to Meet You

This season shorts get a grown-and-sexy makeover with figure-flattering pleats that create a trouser effect.
These linen and cotton shorts are super sweet with figure-fixing vertical stripes and buttoned cuffs.
A neutral-colored short with nautical touches is the freshest take on spring's safari-inspired looks.

French Connection really nailed it with the preppy cool look with this high-waisted short. The matching belt is the icing!

I'm mad about the bluest-of-blues color, gold button closure, and rounded, gym short-inspired legs of these shorts.

Tropical Punch

I am a huge fan of the always-in-season, go-with-everything nude shoe, but I am suddenly finding myself drawn to the deliriously pretty, tropical-hued pumps that are essential for spring. This 'Lagoon' Sandal from Guess by Marciano is all at once sweet and sexy thanks to the darling little bow on the side, the pedicure-revealing peep toe, and the va-va-va-voom cutaway side. At just $110 this is definitely a springtime temptation!


Celebrate Earth Day

Happy Earth Day 2008 from Style Goodies! Visit EarthDay.net for the scoop on how people around the globe will be celebrating the planet and discover what's going on in your town!


Meet Me at the Midnight Bar

He's married to one of the most stylish women on the planet so it's befitting that nightlife impresario Rande Gerber has launched a line of so-chic cocktail mixers, available exclusively at Crate & Barrel.

Midnight Bar Mixes ($12.95) come in seven of the most popular (and delectable) beverages at Gerber's hot Whiskey Blue Bar: Lemon Drop, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Apple Martini, Pomegranate Martini, and Margarita. Each mix is made with all-natural ingredients, including real fruit and vegetable juices, cane sugar, and triple-filtered water. Just add alcohol and ice and you've got an ultra-swanky cocktail lounge right at home.


The Gladiator

Spotted tons of cute gladiator sandals at Urban Outfitters...

Clockwise from top left: Everyday Gladiator, $48; Jeffrey Campbell Beaded Thong, $88; Dolce Vita Lace Gladiator, $150; Helena Gladiator Sandal, $34; Metallic Gladiator, $58; Matt Bernson KM Gladiator, $175; Sam Edelman Ginger Gladiator, $98; Leather T-strap Sandal, $38; C2 Gladiator, $158; Leather Circle Gladiator, $38

Dressing in Theory

Saks Fifth Avenue has the Theory Spring collection available for purchase and pre-order. Check it out!

Color Story
Infuse your wardrobe with a delicious burst of bright candy color.
Pick up pieces that are clearly beautiful for work or play.
Add neutral touches of khaki and olive to your warm weather look.

Clockwise from top left: Davie Radar Utility Shorts, $200; Eviana Lyndhurst Jacket, $275; Irenne Leather Jacket, $875; Trelby Cotton Dress, $275; Bennie Cotton Shorts, $140; Rennell Radar Mini Skirt, $190


Flower Girl

Spring's ubiquitous floral prints are certainly not your garden variety this year - they seem to be fresher, prettier, and brighter than ever before! Case in point, actress Joy Bryant looking positively stunning in a chocolate and cream Missoni gown (with pockets!!) at the New Yorkers for Childeren gala in New York this past week. The Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins star inspired me to find more of spring's most fabulous floral frocks!

I'm wild about these two dresses from New York designer Beth Bowley - they're brilliant for rising temperatures and sweet little details like the braided neckline of the 'Carnations' Silk Dress (left) and the embroidered vines on the 'Garden' Embroidery Dress (right).

Forever 21 has the best finds for high-low dressing. I spotted this Eyelet Tube Dress and was surprised at how appealing the Laura Ashley-esque print is. At $23 it's definitely the low of the fashion equation, saving you enough money to pair it with the season's must-get chunky-heeled sandals or the Cynthia Vincent 'Harper' Gladiator Wedge I love so much!

I am a huge fan of Karen Zambos and think every collection is fantastic! I love the sleek silhouette and deliciously pale print of her Silk Long Strapless Dress (left), and the equally fabulous print but flirty girlishness of the St. Barts Dress (right). Both are must-haves for a stylish vacation this summer!

I am extremely fond of this color story--fell in love with the entire Fall 2008 Bow & Arrow collection at L.A. Fashion Week, thanks in large part to the black, white, gray, and hot pink fashions. This Morgan Ruched Cross Over Dress is deeply fetching and I love that the print is darker than you'd expect for florals.

What A Girl Wants

Southern California gas prices are like, WHOA! I mean, I can't even wrap my head around it! It's crazy - I'm paying well over $4 a gallon to fill up my car. Well over! So...is it wrong that I can't stop thinking about how I can get my hands on this?

Anna Sui Deco Fringe Dress, $530

...and this?

Kerrigan Silk Empire Waist Dress, $293

I can't help it - I must be obsessed! Possessed! I want it now!

And by the way, does anyone else out there think the government should step in and do something about these gas prices? Honestly, how's a girl supposed to shop with costs skyrocketing like this?


Lorick Lady

There are so many reasons to love Lorick, the New York-based label from Abigail Lorick. For starters, her impeccable attention to detail makes for insanely pretty dresses, skirts, and jackets.

And it should come as no surprise that after launching her line just one year ago, in April 2007, Lorick has already been featured in Nylon, Lucky, Teen Vogue, and Elle to name a small few. After all, her preppy-meets-50s retro collection is decidedly prim (hello, Gossip Girls character Blair Waldorf's entire wardrobe is Lorick!), but not so much so that parrot-print chiffons, silky metallics, brilliant pops of color, and even leather jeans with zippered ankles don't belong.

And let's not forget her Summer '08 collection, which features flecks of yellow in every piece (much like the traditional crafts of Kenya) to support LWALA (Living With A Life-long Ambition), an organization that helps facilitate development in African communities.

Perhaps best of all is her consistency--the Fall '08 is equally if not more divine than the debut, with dresses to drool over, ladylike gloves, and the retro flair that is no doubt the biggest reason to love Lorick.