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Kid Rocks: Skinny Pura Vida Jeans.

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If you want your kid to be a little rockstar with a global conscience, you need to get a pair of Pura Vida jeans to add to their collection. Pura Vida nyc is a premium denim collection that includes casual clothing such as knitwear and jackets for infants and toddlers.

Pura Vida nyc cares about the world we leave to our children;  they use organic cotton wherever possible, to lessen the use of pesticides.

Jasper is rocking Pura Vida’s Geo skinny jeans, with a CBGB t-shirt and
H&M suspenders.  The Geo skinny jeans are actually part of the
girls line, but this style and cut can be unisex (the Geo chocolate is
on sale at Baby Bazaar).  The skull and bones slip on sneakers
are made by Morgan & Milo.  For more info on where to buy Pura Vida
Jeans go to their website.

— Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Jun 20 2008 in Denim Fashion

Skinny jeans for curvy girls.

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Skinny jeans aren’t for everyone — one could argue and say that on
some girls, it looks like two sausages with the unpleasant over flow of
the muffin top.  Worn the right way with the correct fit, skinny jeans
can actually be very slimming.

If you have a fuller body type I would suggest wearing flowing tops
such as trapeze, wing-bat, dolman-sleeved, caftan tops and dresses that
fall below your hips — it will give you good coverage for your stomach
and hip area.  Also, experiment with layering a long tank top with a
longer sleeveless cardigan for the same coverage. A big bold necklace
and funky shoes to help direct the eyes away from your middle area to
your top and bottom areas.  Great cleavage helps, too.

— Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Jun 20 2008 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Denim Deals LA: Premium Denim Sample Sale on 6/29


The Warehouse Sale is back at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, June 29.  They are having a VIP sale day on Saturday, June 28.  Purchase VIP tickets for $15 here.

RSVP here for free general admission.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted Jun 18 2008 in Sales

Ask a Denim Diva: White jeans that stay white.


Some people prefer to wear white jeans and tops to contrast with their
summer tan, but to keep the jeans white, you need to take some precautions.

  1. Before attempting to clean them read the manufacturer’s label for
    specific laundering instructions.
  2. Make sure not to wash your white
    jeans with other colored clothing or jeans.
  3. If you are using a detergent
    containing bleach, mix the recommended quantity of detergent in water in
    the wash tub and soak the white jeans for several hours or overnight. Be careful not to overbleach as it might
    weaken the fabric.
  4. Wash the jeans using normal wash settings.
  5. Rinse your white jeans twice to make sure that all the
    alkaline detergent is removed. Alkaline residue from detergents and
    fabric softeners tend to yellow whites when dried.
  6. Air dry your jeans if you can.  Extreme drying and
    high temperatures also turn white fabrics yellowish.

If you follow these simple steps, your white jeans should last longer than your summer fling.

— Denim Diva

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Posted Jun 17 2008 in Ask the Denim Stylist

J Brand Jeans’ Love Story Unfolds.


Love Story (1970) is one of the most popular tearjerkers of all time.

Inspired by Ali MacGraw, the young, fresh-faced Love Story star, J Brand Love Story jeans are popular with today’s celebs —  Penelope Cruz, Paris Hilton, Katherine Heigl, Katie Holmes, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Rachel Bilson (whose style channels retro MacGraw) are fans.

The jeans, which start fitted against the leg and flare into a tasteful modern bell leg, come in all shades.  From jet black to bleached pale, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  Get the Love Story Look:

Look 1 – The Co-Ed Meets the Jock: The Love Story in Super Dark.


Smooth and curve conscious, these jeans say you’re seriously desirable, but you wouldn’t give out your digits to just anybody. Paired with Geren Ford Teal Cotton Contrast Tee. Available online at Singer22.

Look 2 – Warming Up: The Love Story in Summer.


Make him fall in love with your sun-kissed beauty. Stay cool in these light wash jeans. Paired with a playful, fitted Gingham Bow Top. Available online at Top Shop.

Look 3 – Chilly Days:
J Brand Love Story in Bayou

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A broken-in looking denim jean with whiskers and knee crease marks. Take long walks with your beau in your casual denims, and leave your upper-crusty attitude
behind. Stay warm  and ever so stylish with an edgy Studded Trench Coat in Gold, by Burberry. Available online at Burberry.

70s Flair, Mod Chic.
Complement your 70s-style J Brand jeans with these accessories that pay homage to the Ali MacGraw or Jane Birkin in you.


Left: Prada Eyeglasses, style 141/V. Available online at United Shades.
Right: Michael Kors Canyon Pump. Available online at Zappos.

Note: if you do decide to buy the J Brand Love Story jeans, please make sure your shoes show through.  Jeans that cover your feet completely not only look ridiculous, it’s a wasted opportunity to show off your gorgeous Choos.

Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted Jun 16 2008 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Seven Days of 7 for All Mankind.

This summer, you and your 7 for All Mankind denim jeans will really go places.  New arrivals are available online at 7 for All Mankind, but you can preview them here with some cool, luxurious staples from James Perse, Splendid, and John Varvatos.

Here’s a spotlight on seven looks with 7 for All Mankind:

Look 1The Relaxed denim jean in Organic White.

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Paired with a blazer by Calvin Klein.
Available at Calvin Klein stores.

Look 2 Tripster in Salt Lake City.


Paired with a Just Cavalli Embroidered Shirt.
Available online at eLuxury.

Look 3Slimmy in Mercer.


Paired with the John Varvatos Fitted Shirt 100. Available online at BlueBee.

Look 4Double Dylan jean with Belt Back Pocket in 70s Mercer dark resin rinse.

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Paired with Cotton Shirting 12, by Yigal Azrouel.
Available online at Active Endeavors.

Look 5Tripster in St. Barts.



Paired with the “Wing & Panther” Mens V-neck by Christian Audigier.
Available online at Christian Audigier.

Look 6Rip Out Relaxed in Aruba.



Paired with Splendid Mills Summer Long Sleeve Button Down Thermal.
Available online at Splendid.

Look 7Rocker in Indianapolis.

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Paired with James Perse Jersey Back Longsleeve Shirt Black.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 13 2008 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Ask a Denim Diva: Carpenter Jeans.


I’ve been lookin’ and lookin’ for these jeans.  Seems like the current trend is less function/more hug.  I can appreciate a little hug, but those skinny jeans are a big no no.

What I’m looking for is a decent, designer-style pair of carpenter jeans.  Nautica Jeans Co. is the last company I saw with a good pair, but their site went under.  Best thing I can find is either Levi’s or Lee’s, both of which are hard as rocks and aren’t too great when it comes to sizing.

Slightly stressed, comfortable pair of carpenter jeans. Can ya help me out?

Hello, Friend:

Carpenter jeans, eh?  My friend, unless you’re looking for the usual Wrangler, Carhartt, Lee, Levi’s or Gap labels, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack these days.

The first company that comes to mind that has great vintage feeling denim is Lucky Brand.  They don’t have any carpenter jeans in their current line, but I did manage to locate Lucky Brand’s Prank Carpenter Jeans at Buckle, a site that has an array of more relaxed fitting jeans.

Another pair that you can check out is Cinch Jeans at Sheplers.  Might I entice you to try some modern versions without the traditional carpenter side loop?  Take a look at Diesel’s Braddo Jeans, can be found at Yoox.  The denim has a more worn in feel, the fit is relaxed and the look is much more updated and stylish!

Good luck!

Denim Diva

Nikki Cho Russo is the Denim Diva.  When she’s not dressing up her little man in designer denim or getting the inside scoop on denim and design, she’s here to answer your questions.  Send your questions to Nikki here.

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Posted Jun 12 2008 in Ask the Denim Stylist

Cut to the Chase!

Whether it’s DIY or straight off the runway, cut-off denim miniskirts have made it into this summer season’s line-up.  I’m feeling “Love Story” bohemian chic with a little fringe in the mix!  So do those leg squats and fire up that self tanner to show off your sexy gams!

Try this cute
7 for All Mankind Sunset Mini Skirt in Honolulu
.  Get boho luxe with a gorgeous breezy Sunray pleated tunic by Martin Margiela that is so versatile for dressing up or down.  Accessorize the look with a low slung wrap snake belt
and the “IT” sandal I’ve been drooling over: Etro’s Suede High-Top
Fringe Gladiator Sandals (shown here on Kimberly Stewart).  The true
fashionista will wear these with confidence because you’ll be getting
the oohs and aahs from your envious friends! Add some bling with Alex & Ani’s expandable bangles and you are hot to trot!

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Old school Levi’s cut-offs available at Urban Outfitters.  I love this Bon Ton silk top, which is on SALE right now at Le Train Bleu.  Get the same Etro sandal look at Top Shop
with the Hackle High Leg Fringe Sandal for a fraction of the cost!
Stacking 3 sets of bangles like these from Forever21 and you’ll still
look like a million bucks.  So work it girl, work it!

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— Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jun 12 2008 in Denim Fashion

Kid Rocks!

For all you mom’s out there, admit it.

Part of the fun of having a little golden delicious is seeing how damn cute you can dress your tot.  When I first saw the mini-version of True Religion’s Joey jeans for toddlers,  I gasped with delight and quickly started a little mini collection of jeans for my son.

Whether you want to keep it on the cheap or splurge, there are great jeans that cross the spectrum.   And I’m happy to share my finds with you every week, so check in to find out the brands that will keep your little munchkin stylin’!

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True Religion Joey Big T Jeans. These jeans are so freakin’ adorable!  Jasper’s jeans are paired with a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt by Trunk Ltd.  Both jeans and t-shirt can be found at Milkshop.  For the Creative Recreation Cesario hi-tops, go online to find retailers.

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H&M Skinny Jeans with an attached chain with wallet.  Jasper’s wallet was removed because he couldn’t keep it in his back pocket, but the chain still works for that “don’t mess wit me” look.  His Andy Warhol t-shirt is no longer available at BabyBird, but check out the store for other great kids items.  Jasper also has a large hat collection and the newest addition is this Small Paul Bogart Skurvy Fedora available at Baby Bazaar and his favorite Converse All Stars available online at Converse.

— Nikki Cho Russo

Posted Jun 11 2008 in Denim Fashion

Denim for the Baby Daddy: Loomstate Jeans and H&M Denim.


Genius.  I saw these men’s dark denim jeans from an H&M store recently.  The stitching creates extra room around the knees so the man can more easily bend down and clean up spilled milk, thrown spaghetti, toys and the baby, of course.  Available at H&M stores.

Picture_18_2 Loomstate Mission Jean. Available online at greenloop.

And since we’re on the topic of spilled milk, don’t cry if this Loomstate Mission Jean gets dirty.  The jeans come in Channel, a dark, “dirty,” striated wash that’s stylish and rugged enough to take on baby’s messy mishaps.

Picture_20 Loomstate Prophecy Organic Cotton Jeans.

For the daddy who is conscientious about the environment and what can potentially touch his child’s sensitive skin, Loomstate Prophecy Organic Cotton Jeans is soft and slightly stretchy for comfort — they also keep daddy looking rock ‘n’ roll for an evening out.

Mommy will be impressed with daddy’s ability to juggle looking hot in these daddy-friendly jeans as he blocks the Cheerios being lobbed at him by the future Major Leaguer.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jun 11 2008 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It
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