A unique column of finds in New York from the eyes of someone who is a “discoverer”...Rhonda Erb

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Carrie Dress from Fossil:

Everyday denim gets a stylish makeover in this flattering tie waist dress. The soft, chambray fabric is as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans.

More info/purchase: http://www.fossil.com $98.00

Butterfly Blue by Figleaves Check PJ Pant:

Pair these pants with your favorite comfy top, for studying, lounging, or sleeping.

http://www.figleaves.com, $45.00

Patricia Nash Venezia Pouch

The multi-hued floral design gives this crossbody bag a vintage quality. It has an adjustable strap, interior pockets and a magnetic snap closure.

More info/purchase: http://www.patricianashdesigns.com $98.00

Ilse Jacobsen Hornbaek Rubber Boots:

Rainy weather is no reason to skimp on style. Your feet will stay dry in these lace-up boots; hand crafted of natural rubber and lined with cotton fleece.

More info/purchase: http://shop.nordstrom.com/ $199.95

BPOSHH Fair Isle Backpack from Steve Madden:

This mini backpack bridges the gap between functional and fashionable. It has plenty of compartments to keep all of your essentials for class organized, without making you look weighed down.

http://www.stevemadden.com/ $54.00


Vitabath Body Washes, Hydrating Lotions and Fragrance Mists come in a variety of fragrance collections, like Cupcake Couture and Fruit Fanatic. Choose the scent that best suits your mood and create a mini spa experience right in your dorm. Vitabath products are sulfate and paraben free.


Enter to win a Vitabath Fragrance Gift Package, including a Body wash, Hydrating lotion, Fragrance Mist and an exfoliating pouf (choose from one of 16 fragrances). Register your email address before 11:59 PM EDT, August 30, 2013 at betterbetsonline@gmail.com. Be sure to put “Vitabath” in the subject line. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.


This versatile table is a perfect addition to a dorm room or student apartment. The removable top can be used as a serving tray.

Available at: IKEA stores nationwide, $34.99

Rowenta DIY Fashion Design and Sketch Competition:

Enter for a chance to win invitations to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City in September 2013. Follow the instructions below:

1) Participants must be 18 years or older residing in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) and the Philadelphia Area
2) Use your creativity to upload a photo of your best DIY fashion design or an original design sketch highlighting fabric manipulation techniques as a result of using an iron.
3) Post to your personal Facebook page and/or Rowenta’s Facebook page using the following caption: o Check out my latest fashion design! I hope @RowentaUSA chooses me to attend Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!
4) Contest will end at 11:59 PM Easter Time on Tuesday, August 27th and will be judged by our favorite DIY Expert, @IspyDIY Jenni Radosevich and Fashion Guru, @AltheaHarper

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