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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2013 Review

The Spring 2013 collections for LA Fashion Week were the perfect representation of SoCal’s laidback and eclectic fashion scene.  LA designers did not disappoint, showcasing lines that will surely lift your spirits come springtime!  Here are some of the hottest trends that hit the LA runways:

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Soft shades of white, ivory and cream dominated the runways during LA Fashion Week.  From classic to bohemian silhouettes, key looks were updated for spring with an airy, feminine flair.

Sheer collared blouses, high waisted skirts and sheaths were romantic but refined at AGAIN and Luciana Salamone.

Whimsical maxi dresses in luxurious silk and lace were highlights at Mike Vensel and Odylyne, adding a modern and elegant touch to this key style.

Pretty Prints

From geometric to flirty designs, vibrant prints were in full swing for spring 2013.  Printed pants were both cropped and billowy, proving to be a strong statement piece for fashionistas.

Ladylike florals showed up on skirts and cropped jackets at Basil and Living Doll Los Angeles, pairing beautifully with sheer tops.

And fanciful dresses were adorned with artsy motifs at Naven, reminding us all why we all love spring!

Denim Remastered

The essential fashion item, denim, had a complete makeover for spring 2013.  While jeans are a style staple, Louis Verdad took this versatile fabric to new heights.

Denim suiting was sexy and sophisticated, with shorts, peplums and lace adding to the refreshing designs.

Caplets and bomber jackets in lightweight denim will be the perfect outerwear for the warmer season ahead.

And the LBD may have new competition with this denim number, a one shoulder belted dress with a full lace skirt!

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A Day On Set:  Access Hollywood & DSW Shoot

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Kit Hoover from Access Hollywood yesterday!  We gabbed about Fall shoe trends from my favorite place, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse!

Kit and I had a blast talking about all the must have boots and pumps – from western booties to ladylike heels, DSW is your go-to spot for all your Fall footwear needs!  Check out Access Hollywood next Thursday, October 4th at 7:30pm to see the segment.  Happy Shoe Shopping!

Click here to see the video from Access Hollywood!

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Emmys 2012 Best Dressed

TV’s biggest stars did not disappoint last night on the Emmy’s red carpet, proving that you can still be elegantly chic in 100 degree weather! Perhaps it was the scorching temps that inspired our favorite celebs to don the colors of spring and summer? No matter the reason, the following style savvy divas brought an unexpected, fresh take to the Emmys red carpet, and did so in flawless fashion!

Yellow was the biggest trend on the red carpet, with stars like Julianne Moore and Kaley Cuoco rockin’ this bold color. But it was Emmy winners Julie Bowen and Claire Danes who really took home the citron cake last night!

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Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner, Julie Bowen, wowed in a fluorescent yellow Monique Lhuillier gown with cascading ruching. Her sexy hair and bronze skin added to the sheer perfection of her ensemble.

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Mom-to-be and Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, Claire Danes, looked striking in a canary Lanvin strapless column gown and Barbara Bui heels.

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Shades of green were also a highlight on the Emmys red carpet. Heidi Klum was in true supermodel fashion, looking stunning in a sheer seafoam gown by Alexandre Vauthier. Her thigh high slits were complimented by metallic Charlotte Olympia sandals.

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Modern Family star, Sofia Vergara, showed off her best assets in a dazzling Zuhair Murad gown that fit her like a glove! Topping off her emerald ensemble with over 175 carats of Neil Lane jewels, Sofia demonstrated once again that curvy women really do have more fun!

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With the start of fall officially on Saturday, it was no surprise that the jeweled toned hues of the season would make an appearance on the red carpet. 30 Rock funny lady, Tina Fey, looked gorgeous in autumn’s “it” color – burgundy. Her strapless Vivienne Westwood gown was a sophisticated choice, with a corseted bodice and ornate gold embellishments.

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2 Broke Girls star, Kat Dennings, was ravishing in a wine hued goddess gown by J. Mendel. Her fair skin, raven hair and matching lips were the perfect complements to this beautiful look.

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Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, wore a custom Vera Wang mermaid gown in a rich, copper shade. Her ultra-feminine dress with sheer overlays was reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour.

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www.KaraBirkenstock.com is Live!

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My official website is now online!  Please check it out at www.KaraBirkenstock.com.

Check back often as I have some new and exciting projects coming up!

I’d also love to stay connected, so please follow me on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!

You can find links to all my social networks on the right-hand side of this page, or on my new website.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support!

xo

Kara

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Back to School Shopping – 15% Off for Students at H&M

Stocking up on back to school clothes just got easier on your wallet, as budget friendly retailer H&M is offering students 15% off from August 20-August 26!  Just show a valid student ID with a photo to receive your exclusive discount. 

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It might not relieve the sadness of returning to the classroom after months of work-free bliss, but it’ll definitely help your parent’s bank account!  Plus, extra savings means more awesome clothes, shoes, and accessories for a whole lot less!  If only math class could be that exciting!

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GAL Find – Missoni Loves Havaianas

Don’t these fab sandals just scream summer!?  My latest GAL find are these bright, limited edition “Missoni Loves Havaianas” flip flops (Nordstrom, $70). 

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A stylish combination of two of my favorite brands, these are definitely on my summer wish list!  Not only are these flip flops comfortable, water resistant, and super chic, but they’re an affordable designer shoe that won’t break the bank.  Rock these iconic Missoni printed thongs with everything from a bikini and shorts to a maxi dress.  They’d also be the perfect shoe to pack for your summer getaway!  Look at the cute travel bag that comes with each purchase! 

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This GAL find is selling out fast, so scoop them up while you can!  Happy Shopping! 

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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $100

This Mother’s Day, a memorable gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune. No matter if you’re shopping for your mom, wife, or female role model in your life, the following gifts will surely bring a smile to her face! Show her the love and respect that she deserves with these thoughtful gifts under $100!

Unique Fashion

Unique fashion finds are hard to come by, but with the new Rotem Gear LE collection, you’ll find handcrafted artisan items that mom will absolutely adore! LA based designer Jean Roth has expanded her eclectic assortment of graphic tees to launch this limited edition line of tops, cardigans, and scarves that are inspired by the beauty of nature.

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This Burgundy Scarf ($32) is made of soft, silky pima cotton, and the delicate Agapanthus design is derived from Roth’s own botanical photography.

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What also makes this a GAL find? This luxurious scarf (in green) was recently gifted to the most stylish celeb mom on the planet, Sarah Jessica Parker! Use my exclusive coupon code GALKARA to save 10% through May 13th!

Natural Beauty

Give mom the gift of natural beauty that gives back, with Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil Model Citizen Editions ($52). The eco-conscious beauty mogul has teamed up with her closest model friends to create three limited edition versions of her most popular product.

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Maran’s revolutionary Argan Oil is luxurious, lightweight, and 100% organic, and can be used to moisturize, heal and condition everything from your face and body, to cuticles and spilt ends. Maran, along with supermodels Petra Nemcova and Angela Lindvall, designed special artwork for bottles of her 100% Pure Argan Oil.

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For every bottle purchased, 10% of the proceeds go to organizations in need, including Women for Women International, Happy Hearts Fund, and Healthy Child Healthy World. Each Model Citizen purchase also comes with a bonus gift from the Josie Maran Cosmetics collection!

Heart Healthy Chef

The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign has been raising much needed awareness of heart disease in women since 2004. Empower mom to take charge of her heart health with a gift from the Go Red shop!

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The Go Red Rhinestud Apron ($29) and Eco Utensil Set ($25) would be perfect for the master chef in your life. While she cooks up a storm, she’ll be reminded to put her cardiovascular health first! The “Go Red For Women” campaign will continue to educate mom and give her the tools she needs to lead a heart healthy life. To save an extra 10% off your purchase, like the “Go Red For Women” Facebook page!

Feel Good Footwear

Every woman likes a great pair of shoes, but mom will really love that her gift of TOMS Shoes will also help a child in need. Continuing on with their world renowned efforts and brand mission of One for One, TOMS Shoes is now available in chic wedges and ballet flats.

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These Black Canvas Wedges ($69) are the perfect combination of style and versatility. Mom will surely appreciate the comfort of the medium heel and soft, suede insole.

TOMS Burlap Ballet Flats

If she’d prefer a flat, these two tone Burlap Ballet Flats ($79) will be her new go to shoe. The classic colors and blend of natural fabrics can be worn with everything from jeans to a dress!

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For a limited time, TOMS is also offering an online exclusive version of their classic style with a loving message for Mother’s Day! The TOMS Hearts MOMS shoe ($54) is available in navy and white, and for every purchase, TOMS will give the same pair to a mom in need across the globe.

Spa Scents

If mom can’t get to the spa, the soothing scent of this SoHo Living Bamboo Candle ($9) will instantly take her there from the comfort of her home! There’s nothing like a warm, flickering candle to help you relax and feel rejuvenated.  513614

The clean and tranquil fragrance of this affordable candle rivals those that cost five times the price. And since they’re made of a long-lasting paraffin wax, mom won’t have to worry about being left in the dark as these beauties burn for up to 60 hours (really!).

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