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Twofold Tote Bag

Twofold Tote at Anthropologie Brown and white make a deliciously chic combination.

$249.95 (sale) at Anthropologie.

2 comments August 18th, 2006

David Lim of Kasil Jeans: How To Choose the Right Pair of Jeans

David Lim knows a thing or two about denim.  As the designer and CEO of Kasil Jeans, David sculpts the form fitting denim designs that adorn the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and a host of other A-list celebs. 

Want to be a denim guru yourself–or at least dress like one?  Read on (or listen to the Jack and Jen Morning Show on Richmond’s Mix 103.7) for David’s five tips on how to choose the right pair of jeans for your body.

1.  Look for a GREAT WASH. Dark washes typically are more flattering and make you look leaner and taller. Also be sure to pick a jean that has a natural looking fade to it, nothing too contrived.

2.  Of course the FIT!  Balance is key when it comes to fit, and back pocket size and placement are important to make the jeans look balanced and proportionate.  Look for a good front rise and a back rise that doesn’t ride too low. The gapping in the back isn’t flattering. The waistband should sit comfortably around your waist, not tight enough to cut off blood circulation.  For men:  It’s important that the jeans fit flush on the hips.

3.  TOP QUALITY FABRIC. Fabric is the foundation for a great jean, and just as good grapes make great wine, good fabric brings out great washes. Good denim will also be able to hold its shape throughout the day. Cheap denim will eventually stretch out within the first two hours of wearing.  

4.  THE DESIGN.  Design is what distinguishes between brands, and subtle details and innovative construction are what defines premium denim. Stay away from anything too loud that screams for attention; simple and clean is timeless. Also, buy brands made in USA.  Los Angeles is the capital of premium jeans, and you can’t go wrong if you stick to the right labels.

5.  And the last tip for looking for the best premium jean: Just look for the KASIL label. Everything I’ve mentioned is in our label :).

Check out Kasil Jeans online at, and read Omiru’s Designer Profile on David Lim.

6 comments August 17th, 2006

Sheena Handbag at Lucia Bella

Sheena Handbag at Lucia BellaDesigner Julie Sherwood’s Sheena handbag is named after the Queen of the Jungle.  Quite appropriate, given the handbag’s combination of soft body ruching, a delicately braided handle with bold hardware, and strong earth tone, animal print leathers.

Versatile as it is exotic, the Sheena handbag goes from day to night, accompanying both casual and dressy looks.  To best show off the bag’s styling details, wear the Sheena bag with a contrasting color.

Fun fact about Julie?  She loves to drive her vintage Ford car, which dates back to 1950!

$348 at Lucia Bella.

2 comments August 17th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Polka Dot Princess

Polka dots always manage to lighten the mood, but this summer, let even more loose by adding a dash of color to your ensemble.  May we recommend a mellow yellow handbag to add some more spice to your already sunny day? Go on, polka dot yourself.

"Polka Dot Princess" Fashion Formula = Polka Dot Dress + Flats + Bright Handbag.

Diane von Furstenberg \'Hillevi\' Dot Chiffon Dress

Diane von Furstenberg ‘Hillevi’ Dot Chiffon Dress | $425 at Nordstrom

Juicy Couture \'Peggy\' Flat
Juicy Couture ‘Peggy’ Flat | $250 at Nordstrom


Kate Spade Sunflower \'Maddox\' Handbag

Kate Spade Sunflower ‘Maddox’ Handbag | $285 at Bluefly

Add comment August 16th, 2006

Linen Pocket Skirt by Carol Young

Linen Pocket Skirt by Carol Young
Carol Young’s grassy linen pocket skirt with white contrast detailing is perfectly paired with a earthy brown halter or a fresh white tank. 

$210 $147 (now 30% off) at Cessa Saval.

Fun fact about Cessa Saval?  She’s the great-granddaughter of legendary ’40s Hollywood shoe designer, Ted Saval!

Add comment August 16th, 2006

What a Workout: Cutest Gym Bags Around

Working out is hard to do, but buying a gym bag shouldn’t have to be. In the past, exercise fiends would go to the gym for one reason: to exercise. Oh, how times have changed. Now, sporty girls who hit the gym not only want to maintain their fit figures, but they also want to show off their goods. Make your entrance with an oh-so-adorable gym bag–we’ve found one for every type of work-out girl.

 For the feminine athlete:

Puma gym bag

Core Grip Bag | $40 at

For the vintage lover:

Vintage puma gym bag

Kick Grip Bag | $50 at

For the girly girl: 

American Eagle gym bag

 All-star Tote | $19.50 at American Eagle

For the tomboy:

Abercrombie & Fitch bag

  Jackie Tote | $49.50 at Abercrombie & Fitch

8 comments August 15th, 2006

Yosi-Girls Barrettes

Yosi-Girls Barrettes Jules Sherman created the adorable Yosi-Girls collection of barrettes out of her desire to make things that are whimsical, cheery, and fun in a world that challenges these lighter aspects of life. 

Oh, and should the Yosi-Girls product line become successful, Jules would like to create a scholarship for underprivileged young women of exceptional creativity to pursue their own artistic dreams.

$9/pair  at Smashing Darling.

P.S.  Barrettes aren’t just for kids.  Jules has also created a line of micro-injected PVC barrettes perfect for You!

1 comment August 15th, 2006

Omiru Poll Results: Short Shorts are On the Way Out!

Omiru Poll Result: Short Shorts are on the way out!

Omiru Poll Result: Short Shorts are On the Way OutWe asked: Are Short Shorts In or Out?

You said: As the end of summer comes closer, short shorts will see their welcome fade away.  Almost half (45%) think they’re already Out, and another 21% believe they’re On the Way Out.  Only 34% consider Short Shorts to be In.

Omiru’s take: Short shorts saw their revival in Jessica Simpson’s The Dukes of Hazzard; they weren’t meant to last.  Enjoy them while the weather is still steamy, but opt for something with a bit more coverage come fall.  In short, catch them while you can!

Next Question: Tell us, are Horizontal Stripes In, or are they Out?  Cast your
vote on
the sidebar!

2 comments August 14th, 2006

Jessie Steele Hostess Apron

Jessie Steele Hostess Apron at Satinbox Kitchen chic at its finest.  We love the feminine a-line shape and the bow-adorned side pocket!

Special savings for Omiru readers: Enter OMIRU as your coupon code at checkout and receive 15% off your order!

$36 at Satinbox.

2 comments August 14th, 2006

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 8.11.06

Issue No. 53 of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

week, we’re heading into the office to find you the most subtly stunning work clothes: a sleeveless shirtdress for women and a pinpoint stripe dress shirt for men.

For women:

  Mara Hoffman The Ferl Dress
Mara Hoffman The "Ferl" Dress | $341 at
The pattern adds a layer of visual interest to an otherwise flattering shirtdress.

And for men:

Fitted Pinpoint-Stripe French Cuff Shirt
Fitted Pinpoint-Stripe French Cuff Shirt | $98 at
Banana Republic
Ever so subtle pinpoint striping adds visual texture to this versatile dress shirt.

2 comments August 11th, 2006

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