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Get Ready for Spa Week's $50 Spa Treatments!

You can never have enough spa in your life.  And if you live in certain regions of the U.S. and Canada, from Oct. 11 to 17 you can take advantage of luxe spa treatments for only $50 during  Spa Week . Nearly a thousand spas are participating.  And I'm thrilled that two of my favorite day spas in New York City are offering $50 deals: Joanna Vargas Salon  ( 60 Minute Tone Up with Lymphatic Drainage, Muscle Toning and Skin Tightening; 50 Minute Power Peel with an Organic Resurfacing Treatment ) Mamie's Skin Care Center ( 6 0 Minute Hydrating Pure Oxygen Facial with Vitamins A, B, C and E; 60 Minute Healthy Cell Rejuvenation Facial and Microdermabrasion and 60 Minute Organic Anti-Aging Facial ). So book your treatments now !  Read the Spa Week Daily blog for dish on the hottest celeb treatments, and enter to win a $1000 Spa Week gift card.

Everything She Wants' Pick of the Week: Poketo for Target

Run errands, travel, or schlep to school or the office in style with Poketo , a distinctive, limited-edition line for Target featuring totes, messenger bags, laptop cases , umbrellas , wallets, shopping bags, and more.    Poketo is an innovator in art-inspired lifestyle wares and collaborates with over 200 international artists to infuse original art with everyday life.  Founded in 2003, by entrepreneurial husband and wife duo Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Los Angeles-based Poketo (pronounced  po-KETT-oh ) takes art off the gallery walls and makes it accessible to everyone. I love the large black and white "Swirls" print tote ($29.99) with matching umbrella  by Brooklyn wallpaper designer Dan Funderburgh. Most items are out of stock online, but t he Poketo for Target collection is available in-stores until the end of November. And if you miss it, Poketo launches at Macy’s this winter.

Paola Hernandez Debuts Her Black Celebration at Fashion Week

Mexican designer Paola Hernandez debuted an all-black collection for Spring/Summer 2011 during Fashion Week in New York City.  Read more about it on Fashion Week Examiner . Photo credit:  Mario Camilo Fuenteabla

Fashion Week's Spring/Summer 2011 Trend Forecast

Hopefully you've had a chance to check out my Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 coverage on  Fashion Week Examiner . My latest write-up is a fashion trend forecast based on the shows I saw and the coverage I read.  From menswear to ladylike silhouettes and bold colors and prints, sartorially speaking this spring we have plenty to look forward to. Here's a breakdown of some of the upcoming season's major trends: Animal Print: Christian Siriano took the evergreen trend to the next level with subtle prints and red reptilian separates. Men’s Wear: Lacoste gives the season’s masculine look a fresh spin with a crisp white shirt and pants with a skinny black tie. Ethnic prints: Gwen Stefani was obviously inspired by African textiles and fabrics for L.A.M.B.’s Spring/Summer 2011.   Sophisticated Lady: Jill Stuart ’s timeless, classic silhouettes are perfect for big city girls everywhere. Bold Color: Prabal Gurung (top photo of blue dress) and Milly by Mi

6 Must-Have Items in My Fashion Week Beauty Survival Kit

Fashion Week was fun.   Sort of .  While I saw several good and a couple great runway shows ( Christian Siriano and Monique Lhuillier ), I'm not in love with the Lincoln Center locale.  And despite my dogged efforts, I never received the press goodie bag, which is partially why I pay for registration each season ( lesson learned; next season I will rely on invitations ). What I do love, however, is all of the new beauty swag I picked up: Patyka Green Tangerine Hair & Body Wash   ($26) from France is made from organic green tangerine oil.  The aromatic, organic shower gel leaves my skin silky smooth and smelling subtly fresh and fruity. Spanx Tight-End Tights ($28) come to my rescue every Fashion Week.  I don't think there's a better pair of tights on the market.  They come in stylish patterns and colors, and provide tummy, thigh, and rear-end control. Victoria's Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum ($45) is a glam blend of purple passion fruit, Shangr

Raul Penaranda Debuts First Collection During Fashion Week

Photo by Tracy E. Hopkins I had the pleasure to attend the debut of newcomer Raul Penaranda's ready-to-wear collection during Fashion Week.  Read more in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Odd Molly Strives for Bohemian Rhapsody at Fashion Week

Odd Molly strives for bohemian rhapsody at Fashion Week - National Fashion Week | Getty Images Read more about Odd Molly's vintage-inspired Spring/Summer 2011 show in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Gottex brought glam spring swim wear to Fashion Week - National Fashion Week

Gottex brought glam spring swim wear to Fashion Week - National Fashion Week Getty Images I love, love, love Gottex shows at Fashion Week. Read more about the sexy Spring/Summer 2011 collection in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Gerlan Jeans Spring/Summer 2011 Show Brings ’80s Flair to Fashion Week

Gerlan Jeans’ Spring/Summer 2011 Show Brings ’80s Style to Fashion Week  Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins M.I.A. probably loves Gerlan Jeans.  Read more about this colorful collection in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Karolina Zmarlak’s Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week Presentation: A Modern Take on Japanese Tradition

Photo by Tracy E. Hopkins "Blade Runner" meets Japanese Origami.  Some of the models fainted before I arrived ( darn, I missed it ).  Read more about Karolina Zmarlak's presentation during Fashion Week in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Monique Lhuillier's dreamy spring 2011 runway presentation

Monique Lhuillier's spring show is one the best I've seen during this season's Fashion Week and any Fashion Week I've attended. Getty Images Beautiful, ethereal gowns dominated.  Read more in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Farah Angsana’s Ethno Glam Spring 2011 Runway Show

Farah Angsana’s ethno glam spring 2011 runway show - National Fashion Week | Farah Angsana's glamorous runway show has been one of the highlights of my Mercedes-Benz Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week so far. Read my review of her ethic chic collection in my Fashion Week Examiner column. ( Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins )

Christian Siriano proves he’s still fierce at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Christian Siriano proves he’s still fierce at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - National Fashion Week | Read my review of Christian Siriano's S/S 2011 runway presentation in my Fashion Week Examiner column .

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, Day 1

Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins A funny thing happened to me on the way to my first show at Fashion Week's new location at Lincoln Center.  I discovered that my new shoes -- a cute pair of black suede flats with a slight wedge heel ( okay, they're from Payless, so they're not that major ) -- were too big. I'd already made a few last minute wardrobe changes and under estimated the time it would take me to get from downtown Brooklyn to Lincoln Center.  Bryant Park was a breeze and takes about 20 minutes.  Lincoln Center is farther uptown, so that adds another 10 minutes to my commute. So I was running late for Christian Siriano's S/S 2011 runway presentation .  But adrenaline kicked in and somehow I kept my shoes on long enough to catch the train.  I arrived and scurried across the grand plaza, past the iconic fountain.  " This is different ," I thought. Thankfully one thing that hasn't changed are the burly security guards who have been working th

10 Places in New York City Offering Eats and Treats for Fashion’s Night Out

Are you ready for Fashion's Night Out on Friday, Sept. 10? I am.  And this time I've done my homework. There was plenty of bubbly popping last FNO, and I'm not complaining. But this girl can only drink so much sparkling wine and I spent more time looking for stores offering snacks than I did shopping. So from midtown ( Banana Republic , Rockefeller Center) to downtown (Scoop NYC, Meatpacking District), I've prepared a list of "10 Places in New York City offering eats and treats for Fashion's Night Out." Read more in my Fashion Week Examiner column.

What I Want Now: 3 Pretty in Pink Pieces for Fall

Who says you have to be ruled by earth tones in the fall?  Even though camel, burgundy, grey, and of course black are cool weather wardrobe staples, a splash of color can always help you beat the blahs. Here are three items from Timex , Mulberry for Target , and Forever 21 I want to spice up my fall wardrobe : Timex watch, $59.95 A pink leopard print Mulberry for Target tote similar to this original Mulberry bag will be available in October. Forever 21 Pearly Dots Cardigan, $22.80

Need New Shoes for Fall? Why Not Call It Spring

I desperately needed new shoes for Fashion week, so the invite to attend an exclusive blogger event for Call It Spring shoes was right on time.  This sister company to Aldo Shoes has 200 store locations in the U.S., Canada, Asia and the Middle East, and the frenzied event was at New York City's first Call It Spring store in the Manhattan Mall. Call It Spring oxfords, $39.99 Blogger Meghann Early (r) and friend. Thanks to a generous $150 gift card, I was able to shop and test drive the budget savvy brand's merchandise.  My friend,  The Thrifty Fashionista blogger Meghann Early, pointed out a cute pair of oxford flats ($39.99).  She opted for a pair in gray and I snagged a pair in black (they also come in funky black and white, pictured above).   The store also has plenty of trendy bootie styles and I picked out a faux-suede, black Granny bootie that laces up the front ($49.99).  With about $60 left to spend, I found a basic black hobo ($39.99) I plan to use immed