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April 14, 2011

Week's Best: Nudes and Neutrals Edition

{EAV_BLOG_VER:61d3d6eb72e7ebd9} Nudes and the neutrals have *it* this spring and incorporating these sassy staples into everyday can be a snap. This "Week's Best" is skewed towards the ladies (guys, you will get your turn), because we deserve a bit o' simple spoils every now and then, right?! Here are four champagne, beige and camel-colored wearables (mostly under $50) and one indulgenceall of which will have you rockin' it.

Strappy Bootie
Be bold and go nude this spring and summer. Simply add strappy nude sandals to your wardrobe to get that catwalk flair without the fuss. It just so happens that Sole Society makes it super easy. The fashionistas will select the trendy soles that fit your personality based on your style preferences. Each month, you'll receive a closet of six affordable designer shoes to choose from. One of my closet faves is the incredibly versatile Kyte Strappy Bootieperfect with jeans or cocktail dress. Go strut your stuff! (Price $49.95 at Sole Society)

Tulip-skirt Dress
A classic. Feast your eyes on the tulip dress, which has to be one of the best shapes to ever grace the fashion world. This one from Zara screams 'feminine' with its sleek lines, crewneck and pleated waist. A great look for the office when paired with a colorful trench or add sparkle with jewelry and accessories for that special occasion. Show those trendsetters that you have amazing taste! (Price: $90 at

Taupe Lacquer
Taupe on your fingers is a trend that will fast become your favorite. Don't judge this one by its cover. You Don't Know Jacques!, by OPI, looks lackluster in the bottle, but this gray-brown hue with plum undertones makes quite the statement once on your nails. A super chic and modern option that coordinates well with nearly any outfit. If you are stuck on a desert island and can only take one thing with you, this polish is it! (Price: $8 at or Ulta)

Captivating Pucker
It may be one of the most elusive lip colors out therethe perfect nude. This caramel-colored hue happens to complement medium skin best: Tzigane from NARS 'Spring 2011 Collection' (Limited Edition). Careful, because once you try this captivating shade you'll be hooked. It goes on sheer and appears as a natural tintplus it lasts and lasts and lasts. Mwah! (Price $24 at Nordstrom)
Custom Chocolate 
Admittedly this one's a stretch, but this chocolaty 'neutral' definitely deserves a spot in the line-up. The 'personalize it' trend has even hit candyland. Allow me to introduce you to the Chocomize Creation Station where you can build your own chocolate bars. First, select your fave Belgian Chocolate (dark, milk or white), then choose up to five toppings from nuts and seeds, fruits, herbs and spices, and candy. Word on the street is the combo of milk chocolate, cayenne, coffee, Pop Rocks and mini pretzels is outta sight. (Price: Varies, but approx. $7 per bar)

What are your favorite neutral finds? If you were to create your own chocolate bar using three ingredients, which would you choose? Leave your thoughts in the box below. Thanks!

Cost: $7 to $90
Time: Can be done in a snap
Simplicity Factor (1=Effortless to 5=Elaborate): 2

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