Fluorescent Green Fluoro Bag by Cambridge Satchel Company

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After much soul searching, I’ve decided to finally sell my beloved green Fluoro bag by the Cambridge Satchel Company. I was obsessed with it for quite some time but it’s such a special bag that I feel like it belongs with a person who will actually wear it out and show it off more than once a month. I love the rarity (Cambridge Satchel bags are lovingly handmade in the UK and can take up to 30 days to craft and ship out) and of course the wild color, but as most of my friends know, I just prefer petite bags. This green Fluoro is in near perfect condition and once it’s in your hands, you will see why these bags cost so darn much – they’re worth it! I hope the pics are big enough for you to see all of the details but if you’d like more photos, please comment on the post and I will be happy to send some to you.

Speaking of the photos, I’d like to express my warm gratitude to lensman extraordinaire William Chang for inviting me along for a fun day of photography. Check out some of the shots taken by Will and Wei Chang in the gallery below.

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DIY: How to Make Lace-Up Leggings

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Please excuse my Ashy Larry legs and beaten up TOMS wedges.

I’ve been rocking the black lace up leggings I got in Japan last summer for the past few days and noticed they’ve been creating quite a buzz – not necessarily all positive. Some people are intrigued by them, some baffled and a few girls have asked me where they can get a pair. Good question! I haven’t seen them outside of Japan – has anyone else? I guess like just about anything else in the world, they can probably be found on eBay, but if you want to refashion a pair of your old leggings and give them a little facelift, turning them into a pair of lace ups is the perfect beginner’s fashion DIY project.

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YOU WILL NEED:

– pair of old leggings (3/4 length works best since part of your leg should be exposed to show the ribbon)
– long ribbons (I used two different kinds here to illustrate the crazy combos you can create but feel free to just use black leggings and black ribbon or whatever colors you like)
– scissors
– needle and thread
– pins

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Outfit Idea: Lace Up Leggings in Yufuin Japan

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Just stumbled upon these old photos taken last year in Hakata and thought they might make an interesting outfit idea post. I broke out the same black lace up leggings this weekend (almost forgot I had them), and got mixed reactions. I had to stop by David’s Bridal for a bridesmaids dress fitting and got a lot of compliments there, but my own friends seemed confused by the laces. What do you think? Would you wear lace up leggings?

Outfit details:

Silk print top: Purchased at Mint Thrift Shop in Katano, Japan
Lace up leggings: Purchased at Daiei
Gold sandals: Arden B.
Bag: Rugby

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The rest of the pics in this album were taken in Yufuin, Japan, which is famous for its relaxing hot springs. There is even a mini footbath hotspring for people to rest their weary feet while they wait for the green Yufuin no Mori (Forest of Yufuin) train. It’s very romantic!

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Timeless or Tasteless: Can You Guess Which Year This Missoni Ad is From?

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Fashion may be fleeting, but true style is timeless. Can you guess which year this Missoni ad featuring Kate Moss is from? Think carefully before you answer though because the more timeless the look, the harder it is to date it.

Tell us what you think the answer is in the comments below and whether or not you think this look is timeless or tasteless. We’ll send the first fashion expert to guess correctly a surprise gift!

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Win a Free Pair of Colorful $150 Spring Sandals by Naya

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Looking for a pair of cute sandals to add a pop of color to your spring wardrobe? Here’s your chance to get one for free! Naya asked 5 of their favorite fashion and style bloggers to style a bold look using the 5 hues of their new Eternal wedge – and I’m honored to be one of them! Click the link below to vote for your favorite look – hopefully it’s mine! (Asian chick in the yellow) – for a chance to win a free pair of Naya shoes! Just by voting, you’ll be entered to win! They’ll pick 5 random winners on April 10, so you have even more chances to win. Good luck!

VOTE HERE & ENTER TO WIN >

The wedges you could win (there are even more colors available!):

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Costume Idea: Be a Bodacious Bodega for Halloween

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Why be a run-of-the-mill sexy stewardess, cop, racecar driver for Halloween when you could be a bodacious bodega? Okay so I didn’t come up with this idea myself – I have to give credit where credit is due to mad genius Lisa Mayock who I saw wearing it first – but I thought it was such an original costume that I had to make my own version. I’m not sure what she used for hers, but for mine, I started by recycling a pizza box (nice excuse to treat yoself, as Aziz would say) and adorning it with your standard bodega accouterments – lotto signs, Metrocard signs, ATM signs (a lot of signs, really). Just a little warning though that this costume is a bit perilous if you have little to no self control when it comes to junkfood. I’m typing this with orange fingers right now…

I’m going to post a complete DIY on how to make this bodega costume from scratch on Inhabitat tomorrow so check for it there. I also saved all of the sign graphics I used as jpegs so if you want to be a bodega for Halloween but want to save yourself the trouble of hunting down all of the graphics, email hello[at]clossette.com and I’ll send them right to ya!

More eco-friendly Halloween costume ideas >

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Halloween Costume Idea: 1950s Sockhop Girl

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If you’re looking for a Halloween costume that covers more than 15% of your body surface (doesn’t it seem like they’re hard to find nowadays?) but is still feminine, why not be a 1950s sockhop girl? It’s a costume that’s relatively easy to put together yourself either with items you already own or with stuff you can pick up at your local thrift shop, or you can buy the one you see above here!

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Halloween Costume Idea: Cher from Clueless

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If you grew up in the 90s, you probably remember Clueless and the movie’s adorably naive main character, Cher. This costume is pretty easy to put together and is almost instantly recognizable. Somehow everyone that saw this “got” that I was Cher – despite the fact that I’m Asian and have black hair – so I think that says a lot about the iconic power of the chunky cellphone and 90s yellow plaid blazer. Create the costume with items you already own, stuff you can pick up at your local thrift shop, or you can buy the one you see above here!

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Halloween Costume Idea: Breakfast (Literally) at Tiffany’s

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Any girl can be an instantly recognizable Audrey Hepburn with just a few simple items almost everyone already has. Click here to see how you can do it with stuff from your own closet or from your local thrift shop.

And for even more Audrey-esque inspiration, check out Everything Audrey’s roundup of the best dressed bloggers sporting Holly Golightly style here.

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Win a Free Pair of Colorful Summer Sandals, Wedges or Flats by Naya (worth up to $140)

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And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! We had some stiff competition going on in our Naya Shoes giveaway and plenty of ladies wanting to score one of these cute sandals, wedges or flats, but one Clossette reader pulled ahead of the others to win her dream pair. Find out here if it was you!

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

HOW TO WIN (follow 2 easy steps!):

1. Like Clossette on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Clossette and comment on this Facebook post telling us which shoe you like best.

2. Get your friends to Like Clossette on Facebook and “Like” your comment.

The comment with the most likes on this Facebook link by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 will be our winner!

That’s it! We’ll announce the winner on Thursday the 9th in our newsletter so make sure you’re signed up. Good luck!

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Head to CB2 DIY Saturdays for Free Crafting Fun

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Online DIY tutorials are clearly awesome (patting self on back and tooting own horn), but sometimes a little in-person hand-holding can really drive home the how-to knowledge you’re looking for. It seems CB2, Crate & Barrel‘s hipper, younger sib, has detected this need for crafting guidance because it’s hosting a series of fun, hands-on DIY Saturdays starting this Saturday the 21st until May 5, in many of its stores across the nation. Experts will be on hand to show you how to create hanging terrarium gardens, killer floral arrangements and more, plus all of the materials will be provided! This Saturday will be feature Domestic Construction teaching how to turn planters into art, and delicious BBQ-themed bites prepared by Diane Gordon Catering will be served so don’t miss it.

CB2 DIY Saturdays >

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