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We all know the moment after slipping on a great pair of sunnies and looking in the mirror—that feeling of being instantly more cool, fabulous and mysterious. Turns out, it’s not just in our heads; it’s a scientific fact. At least according to senior art and design lecturer, Vanessa Brown from Nottingham Trent University.

Brown gave the Science of Us a glimpse into the research for her upcoming book, Cool Shades: The History and Meaning of Sunglasses. The gist? 1. Sunglasses make your face appear symmetrical, which is synonymous with perceived beauty. 2. They hide your eyes—no peaking through the windows to your soul. 3. The glamour of Audrey Hepburn and edginess of James Dean. Enough said.

Excuse us, we’re off to get glamourous and symmetrical.

Whether you plan on spending your summer lounging poolside or splashing in the surf (or both!), one item every woman needs is the perfect swimsuit. But landing on a style that makes you look and feel amazing can sometimes be a daunting task.

Ladies, we get this. And in an effort to make the process a little easier, we’re showcasing a few of the top trends we’re loving right now with a bit of style inspiration from on location at Sycamore Beach near Malibu. Check out these snaps from a recent photo shoot for our handy swimsuit guide—ready to help you choose a style that best highlights your body type.


heroWherever your 4th of July plans take you, let your style sparkle as much as the fireworks with some patriotic stars and stripes.

Jeff Powell

What’s a super easy way to update any look? A new pair of shades. Check out our Sunglasses Style Guide; it has the best summer styles under the sun.

HeroCrayon Brights. [Pictured: Oakley 'Forehand' 57mm Sunglasses]

Retro Specs. [Pictured: Carrera Eyewear 57mm Sunglasses]

Novelty Shapes. [Pictured: House of Harlow 1960 'Annie' 59mm Sunglasses]

With sunnier days ahead, treat yourself to some candy-dipped sunglasses (like these pairs we love, below). Color has definitely arrived for the new season—and it’s not going away anytime soon!

Feline Fatale: MICHAEL Michael Kors Retro Sunglasses

’80s Original: Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses

Flight Plan: Ray-Ban ‘Original Aviator’ Sunglasses

Supersized: Tory Burch Logo Hinge Sunglasses

Retro Rad: Carrera Eyewear Sunglasses

Find more hues perfect for you in our sunglass trends guide.

September 7, 2012

Street Report: Sophie & Geri

These two gorgeous girls are hard at work promoting their jewelry line at NYFW. The rich, earthy luxury of their wooden and stone pieces drew me in, almost as much as their saturated prints. Although they were rushing off to set up for their Coach party for Fashion’s Night Out, Sophie and Geri had time to take in the BCBG show.

See you at the party, ladies!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Suede Pumps | Printed Denim & Pants | Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Manolo Blahnik Pump
Alice + Olivia Leopard Print Pants
Valentino Retro Sunglasses

Simplicity can speak volumes in a crowd of uber-accessorized fashionistas. Elizabeth is a renowned stylist and master of laid-back chic. She loves print, color, and mixing textures.

I chased her down outside of the Tadashi show, but hopefully we’ll see her again at Marc Jacobs, her fave designer.

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Ankle-Strap Sandals | Mini Skirts | Colorful Sunglasses

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Vince Camuto Sandal
BCBGeneration Side Pleat Skirt
Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer

Sarah, our Personal Stylist Manager at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA), took time during our busy Anniversary Sale to throw out her most-wanted Anniversary items.

Pour la Victoire ‘Prado’ Tote. This is a great bag for fall! It offers function and fashion at a fabulous price.

Stuart Weitzman ‘Accumulate’ Boot. The perfect blend of classic and tough makes this boot extremely versatile.

Zella ‘Live-In Leggings’. Every girl should own these. I wear mine with oversized sweaters and boots. The best part is, you can lose the boots, put on a Zella tee and head to yoga.

Truth & Pride Perforated Leather Biker Jacket. I am crazy about this leather jacket! It works so easily with other pieces, and its biker cut will rev up your fall wardrobe in an instant!

Paige ‘Skyline Skinny’ Jeans. I love the color of the denim and fit of these jeans. The soft grey is a fantastic neutral that will become your go-to bottom for fall.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses. New sunnies are not a summer-only necessity; as the seasons change, so should your shades. This style pictured is the perfect way to break into a larger frame. Go for it!

Joan & David ‘Quimberly’ Pump. A playful-yet-chic pump is the perfect balance to fall’s knits and leather. Wear it to work with a pencil skirt for a sophisticated look, or rock skinny jeans and a leather jacket for a night out.

Vince Boatneck Tee. Premium basics are a wise choice. You need to have cozy, yet stylish, layering pieces to be ready for any kind of weather. Throw it on under a knit or a leather jacket—this tee can do it all!

Clarisonic Mia 2. This is my number-one beauty must-have! Your skin will glow, and you’ll get the most out of your products. This is a game-changer for your skin.

Rebecca Minkoff ‘M.A.C.’ Python-Embossed Crossbody Clutch. Python is a playful way to keep things neutral while adding texture.

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect fall wardrobe? Contact Sarah or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.

This first bright and sunny day in awhile here in Seattle has us all scrambling to find our sunglasses—a commonly misplaced item amongst the residents of the Emerald City. But with the coincidental arrival of loads of new sunglasses shapes and styles online and in our stores, we think it makes for the perfect excuse to do a little shopping!

Currently ogling People Magazine’s Editors’ Picks for getting the look of their favorite shaded celebs.

They’ve snapped Nicole Richie wearing her own House of Harlow 1960 designs, and they’re suggesting these Nordstrom-exclusive Halogen sunnies to recreate the neon trend Jessica Biel is rocking. We can’t decide which sunglasses we love more: retro-classic cat-eye or Day-Glo fab. Which is your favorite?