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Pastel Color-Block Studs by Fortune Favors The Brave for Of a Kind

BUY / 70 of a kind / $73

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Weather Vain: Barcelona, Spain - 63 With a Chance of Rain

Right about now, NYC weather is making us wish for more temperate climes…and, ok, papas bravas. Here’s what we’d love to be rockin’ in Barcelona today. —erica

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+ An easy, no-nonsense M. Patmos dress that can handle too many tapas at Quimet y Quimet.

+ The sort of Jérôme Dreyfuss bag that Gaudí would be allll about.

+ An Iro jacket fancy enough for some shopping in Eixample.

+ The sort of Acne boots that would fit right in at the bar Hook—as in, the movie (and, ok, lots of other places, too).

+ Fortune Favors the Brave studs—the sort of easy-to-pack jewelry that you can wear every damn day.

+ A Nettie Kent necklace that feels as polished-but-quirky as the city itself.

More forecast-dressing goodness! Over here!

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Recommended Reading: Shannon Davenport & Julia Wilson of Fortune Favors the Brave Get All Obsessive Over at Design*Sponge

Not that I have to sell you on clicking through with that image above—THOSE SHOES—but now’s your chance to get a load of what the cool-beyond-words duo behind Fortune Favors the Brave is alllll about these days over at Design*Sponge. Oh, by the by: It’s also your chance to score their nearly gone Blackout Studs, which are total holiday-season crowd-pleasers. —erica

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Gifted Program: Black and Gold FTW

What do we think you should gift this season? Something Of a Kind—I mean, OBVIOUSLY. If you’re looking to double-down on the special, we’ve conjured up some stellar present pairings—our “Gifted Program,” if you will—that we’ll be serving up over the next couple weeks. (And ok, fine, if this doesn’t satiate you, we have a slew of ideas up in our Pinterest, too.) —erica 

The pairing: Our classy-shassy black onyx Fortune Favors the Brave studs ($65) + Tom Ford’s crazy-luxe lipstick ($48), in a coordinating tube. (Double bonus points if you gift to a Drew Brees super-fan.)

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Black and gold: a combo worthy of an Adele cover and most definitely your lobes. We love how these Fortune Favors the Brave earrings, set with black agate, can do everyday—burnout tee and tattered jeans, even—but can also handle night-at-the-opera. —erica

BUY / 80 of a kind / $65 

Read more about Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson, the designers behind the line:

+ On bonding over Daria and jewelry aesthetics.

+ On the travel adventures that have shaped their line.

+ On how these two wear their work.

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Weather Vain: London, England - 75 With a 50% Chance of Rain

Shocker of all shockers: You could be looking at a wet day if you’re in London. Here, what to wear if you’re hangin’ with either Kate M. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ One of the many nice things about this ultra-rich Hare + Hart bag: You can tuck it under your arm to shield it from any showers.

+ Melissa is the queen of PVC (yup, that’s a good thing), and you’ll get a boatload of wear of of these slick little slip-ons.

+ To hell with the basic khaki ones. This leopard trench from Jane Post is a cool as the exhibitions at White Cube.

+ The illusion of stacking jewelry is always easier to pull of that having to layer the stuff yourself, and Fortune Favors the Brave kills it on that front.

+ The easiest-to-wear slip dress ever? Why, this silky, nineties-revival one from Acne.

+ Wear just the studs of these Bande des Quatres earrings for a day in Shoreditch, and add the pendants for dinner at St. John Hotel.

More weather-based outfit prescriptions right here! Go get ‘em.

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Tripping: Shannon Davenport and Julia Wilson of Fortune Favors the Brave Take On Yosemite

Since summer’s first loooong weekend is in view, we decided to celebrate by asking some of our well-traveled designers where they wish they were right now (and where they think you should head if you have some vacation days that need dealing with). First up: The former Cali girls of Fortune Favors the Brave, who have already earned major globe-trotting cred here

Yah, these Ahwahnee Hotel pics probably deserve a place on your vacation Pinterest.

Sadly it’s too far to visit this Memorial Day, but we LOVE going to Yosemite National Park in California. We both grew up going there with our families since its only about a three hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. We usually camp, but it’s fun while you’re there to put on some non-outdoor gear and have dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel, which is absolutely beautiful. Funny enough we spent a lot of time watching Ken Burns’s The National Parks while we were designing our latest collection, so it all comes full circle!” —shannon

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We envy the girls who can stack chunky rings with ease, but for the rest of us, Fortune Favors the Brave made this three-band wonder. The silver braided, cut-out design has that piled-on feel—that somehow doesn’t get in the way of typing—creating the illusion that you’re 56% more badass than you actually are. —erica

BUY / 50 of a kind / $70

Read more about the super-stylin’ FFTB duo:

+ On bonding over Daria.

+ On how to wear their rad wares.

+ On how travels to Iceland, Namibia, Thailand—the list goes on!—have influenced their designs.

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O's Great Buys of the Week” Oprah.com, December 2, 2011

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Studs can be so BORING. But not these little guys from Fortune Favors the Brave, with their tough-but-minimalist etched border. Plus, the combination of sterling silver and a lapis-colored stone pops, doing the work of a double espresso on mornings like this one when you are desperate to look about three notches more awake than you feel. —erica

BUY / 40 of a kind / $85

Read about the two super-cool designers behind the line:

+ On bonding in California…and moving to New York.

+ On finding inspiration in their impressively worldy travels.

+ On how they pile on their own designs.

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