Sunday, December 9, 2007

From Russia With Love

If Andre from VH1's America's Most Smartest Model has you believing that nothing good in fashion can come from Russia, perhaps I can sway your opinion. A favorite "folk fetish" of mine has been (and will always be) Russian nesting dolls. When Juicy Couture gave the fashion world a taste of matryoshka style last year with their Russian nesting doll necklace, they rekindled my Russian doll flame, and there's no sign of it going out.

For you after-dark fashionistas, get cozy in a pair of Bed Head's cotton sateen Russian Doll pajamas ($122) at Unlike granny pj's, this fitted number has a mandarin collar and girly cut so you can look feminine while still being comfortable. Or, maybe daytime is more your style. In that case, check out the Matryoshka 3/4 sleeve raglan tee($19.95) from It packs just enough girl power without being overly cutsie, so your man won't roll his eyes every time you wear it. And, for those of you who can't totally commit, then a simple pair of Russian doll stud earrings ($15) from should do the trick.

Of course, you can always count on one-of-kind matryoshka finds (like the"Hello Comrade" handbag at Just don't go crazy getting your "Russian doll on." Because if there's one thing I've learned from watching self-proclaimed supermodel Andre, it's this: Nobody likes a person who's always putting their love of all things Russian in your face.

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