Mara Hoffman’s Resort 2013 Swimwear Collection

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Designer Mara Hoffman constantly finds inspiration from nature, mythology, and fantasy when creating her Ready-to-Wear and Swimwear collections, as well as many of the rich indigenous folk art histories found around the world. Part dream sequence and part anthropology, Hoffman’s voice is at once playful, adventurous, and daring.

For her upcoming Resort 2013 Swimwear collection, think “Desert Outlaw Gypsies,” as Hoffman explains. The collection features an array of colorful custom-designed prints, including Electric Casino (Stone or Blue), Frida (Coral or Violet), Psychic Readings (Navy or Black), Nomad & Nomad Voile, Feather (Turquoise or Pink), Pow Wow (Red or White) and a new Snake print. The collection also features a wide range of solid colors, including Sky Blue, Coral, Flame Red, Poppy, Violet, Navy, Sand, Magenta and Black.

Braiding, lattice detailing, seed beading, and multiple straps are seen throughout the collection. A group called Electric Casino features intricately beaded U-shaped necklines on swimsuits, a beaded maxi dress, a chiffon dashiki and a cropped top, all draw inspiration from Aztec and Egyptian art. A new Beaded Fringe group is also featured in the collection, shown on a gauze maxi dress, a one-piece and a bikini top in solid Magenta, White or Black.

Multiple new swimwear shapes have been added to the line for this season, including a new halter bandeau, a one-piece with cut-out lattice sides, a one-piece with cut-out sides, bandeau tops with braided edges and back straps, a strapless one-piece with braided back straps, as well as a halter top with basket weave detailing on the back.  Signature best-selling shapes are continued in the collection, including the V-wire and tie-side styles.

Photo Gallery after the jump.

Judith Leiber Launches First-Ever Contemporary Line

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Judith Leiber, the iconic brand known for its whimsical crystal minaudieres, will launch its first-ever contemporary handbag collection, Overture Judith Leiber, in August 2012. Already recognized for their timeless accessories and countless celebrity fans, this new, more affordable fashion extension will drive Judith Leiber to not only own the red carpet, but also own the night seven days a week.

The term “overture” is one that Mrs. Leiber originally used in the 1980’s to describe the opening price point styles in her collections. The brand’s current Creative Director, Jana Matheson, revisited this idea and felt that 2012 was the ideal moment for the business to expand on this notion and introduce a full collection of “overture” bags.  “As the contemporary market booms, it seemed like the perfect time to take our mastery of the evening bag into a different price point,” explains Matheson. “We see the generations reaching for these bags and we wanted to create something special and fresh for the self-expressive, urban girl.”

Top Five Picks Not to Miss When Visiting the Big Apple

I absolutely love New York City and even though I live here now, there is still so much I want to see and do (or have done, but want to do again)! Below is a list of five great NYC attractions that are super fun and are a ‘must see’ if you’re visiting, or even if you live here like me. If you don’t live near the City, then scroll down to the bottom of this post and you can enter to win a trip to the Big Apple courtesy of BestofNewYork.com! Good luck and happy sight seeing!

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1. See the entire city from the Empire State Building

Soaring 1,454 feet above the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building offers spectacular 80-mile views and is the most photographed landmark in the world. Be sure to visit the Empire State Building Observatory on the 86th floor for a view you will never forget.

 2. Mingle with celebs at Madame Tussauds New York

Your friends will be shocked by your latest Facebook pictures with President Barack Obama and Lady Gaga—and only you will really know that the celebrities in your photos are actually wax lookalikes. Madame Tussauds gives you the chance to size up the celebrities outside of the tabloids while getting some really memorable pictures.

Recipe: Bakerella’s Summer Themed Cake Pops

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I’m a big fan of the cake pop and these beach themed cake pops are perfect for summer entertaining (for your mouth).

Created by Target’s baking blogger, Bakerella, these pops are a fun summertime project that taste great and are super fun! The recipe below is inspired by Target’s summer advertising campaign,  ‘Have a Big Honkin’ Summer!’.

The full instructions, along with a list of what you’ll need, are at the end of this post, but first, here’s a photo play-by-play on how to make Beach Ball Cake Pops.

Think You’re Apartment Is Small? Check Out These Micros!

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Lately, I have been noticing a trend with micro apartments that although tiny, are very efficient. Looks like we will be seeing more of this trend right here in the City. On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he is searching for a developer to create about 80 micro units, 275 to 300 square feet each, to be built at a city-owned parking lot on E. 27th St. in Kips Bay.

These micro apartments will be exempt from a current state law that requires newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet and will allow more units to be rented at lower prices – something that will be perfect for college students, or those looking to lighten their environmental footprint. “The city’s demographics have changed,” Bloomberg said, referring to why the City needs more smaller spaces. “It used to be the average household was a family, a couple of adults and some children.”

Reflecting On Heidi Montag’s Cosmetic Surgery

Unfortunately, this week I was home sick with a sore throat/cough situation. Fortunately, MTV kept me completely occupied with re-runs of ‘The Hills’. Yesterday, I watched the episode where Heidi Montag reveals her post plastic surgery body to her mother and the rest of the world, and I couldn’t help but feel the wind get knocked out of me as I watched.

I always thought Heidi was beautiful. In fact, I thought she was the prettiest member of the show – she seemed so confident and in control of her life (prior to dating Spencer).

Watching the episodes back to back was painful as Heidi transformed and isolated herself with Spencer, costing her her job, her friends, and severely damaging her relationship with her family. Then, to see her choose not one, but ten, elective surgeries to fix something that wasn’t even broken to begin with was just too much!  After the surgery, it was revealed that she almost died from too much Demerol, reducing her breath rate to five breaths per minute, but [initially] she still said it was worth it. She would eventually change her mind. (Read more after the jump)

Kristin Cavallari’s Growing Baby Bump!

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With MTV playing through all the old episodes of ‘The Hills’, the cast is once again in the spotlight!

Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad have been super busy working on the careers; Whitney on her fashion line and Lauren on her novels. Meanwhile, Kristin Cavallari is venturing into another stage in her life – motherhood.

The reality star has come a long way from her  ‘wild child’ ways in Hollywood. Back then,  Kristin staying out until 4 in the morning and was considered a ‘player’  throughout the season. Fast forward to present time and the 25 year old is engaged to quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Jay Cutler, and Tweeting photos of  herself and her “massive [baby] bump”.

While the two share a home in Chicago awaiting the newest member of their family, the road to get to this point wasn’t easy and even involved a split in July of last year.

CIA.MARÍTIMA: 2013 Swim Runway Photos

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Created by the largest textile manufacturer in Brazil, CIA.MARITIMA is the result of the hard work and dedication of Henrique Rosset, who began The Rosset Group and opened up his factory in the 1930′s. His grandson, Benny, launched the CIA.MARITIMA Beachwear line in 1990. Now the hottest and most popular swimwear in Brazil, CIA.MARITIMA combines handwork, embroidery, crystal beading, and intricate lace.

Benny Rosset created a brand that is sought after by supermodels and celebrities alike, after making its debut in New York at Olympus Fashion Week in 2006 at Bryant Park. CIA.MARITIMA is truly a symbol of elegance and sophistication. It stands out in its glamorous campaigns, runway shows and casts the hottest models of the moment, such as Karolina Kurkova, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, and Isabeli Fontana, among others and is constantly featured in many prominent fashion magazines.