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Frugal Fashion: Marguerite Moreau at the Tribeca Film Festival


It's time to retire your winter coats, bulky sweaters and rain boots for a lighter, brighter wardrobe. At the Tribeca Film Festival, happening now in New York, the stars stepped out in spring's hottest trends -- bright citrus hues and florals. Emma Watson attended the premiere of "Struck by Lightning" in a Miu Miu floral skirt, Michelle Williams hit the red carpet in a floral and neon pleated Giambattista Valli dress and Dakota Fanning was spotted at the Vanity Fair festival party in a pink dress by Lanvin.

"Caroline and Jackie" star Marguerite Moreau put spring's best trends together when she stopped by the festival photo booth in a purple, blue and yellow flower print dress. She framed her florals in citrus brights with a lemon yellow blazer and tangerine heels by Aldo, nail polish and lipstick for extra pops of color.


A floral print dress is a fun and flirty item that can last through the summer and into fall. Try the Ruffle floral belted dress from Delia' for $39.50, the DKNY jeans floral print dress from for $54.99 or switch things up with the flower print bandeau dress from for $60.


Rev up your wardrobe with a blazer in a yellow hue that's sure to turn some heads. Get the Caslon piqué blazer for $69 from, or for a even brighter, neon yellow try the BB Dakota Naples blazer from for $57. To really punch up the look, get the Ivanka Trump Indico heel in shiny tangerine from for $107.99 and Essie's nail polish in geranium for $8.

Happy shopping.

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Photo: Actress Marguerite Moreau of "Caroline and Jackie" visits the Tribeca Film Festival portrait studio Sunday in New York. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Beauty trend: matte nails


Forget the shiny top coat, matte nails have become the biggest beauty trend this summer.  A company called Knock Out has basic colors packaged in an enviable Art Deco bottle, Essie launched their neon collection a few months ago — all matte and this month OPI starts selling its matte collection, which is a line of six of the most popular shades sans shine.   

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Pick of the Week – the Neon Collection by Essie


I just came back from Buenos Aires, where I stayed in a hip neighborhood called Palermo Soho.  The name is apropos since it has a nice mix of grittiness and sophistication, just like the Soho in lower Manhattan.  

Several murals and random jots of graffiti were eye-popping fun and totally inspiring.

This week it’s all about '80s-, neon- and graffiti-inspired pieces.

The colors in Essie’s Neon Collection are a bright splash of summer fun. Flirty Fuchsia, Funky Limelight, Perky Purple and Punchy Pink will add an '80s pop to your next pedicure.

Essie Neon Collection's four-piece mini-set $18;

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