Hillary Rush

Hillary Rush
Tuesday, April, 17, 2007 If you¬'re anything like us, you¬'ve silently addressed the gods before a shopping excursion and thought the following: ¬"Please let there be things I like, please let there be things that fit, please let there be things I can afford, preferably in this lifetime.¬" Of course, this rarely works. But oddly, whenever we end up at Hillary Rush (one of our favorite LA boutiques), our plea is always heard and answered.

The eponymous store is impeccably edited and has cornucopia of price points, bringing some much-welcomed Manhattan style (Rush was raised in the West Village) to this town. Even better? The store is Kate Moss certified, at least according to some recent paparazzi pictures we saw of Moss shopping there. Rush wouldn¬'t confirm, naturally¬--damn discretion! She was more generous when it came to sharing her favorite, of-the-moment items for Insider¬'s Picks. Read on for her must-haves...

1. Syla by Sylvie Cachay Bikinis
¬"This bright, sharp yellow is the ¬"it¬" color for me right now. I also love how Syla makes matching, huge beach towels/blankets for their swimwear.¬" (from $300, similar styles available at Hillary Rush, 323.852.0088)

2. Kenneth Jay Lane Large Gem Ring
¬"Of course I¬'d prefer a cocktail ring with real gemstones, but Kenneth Jay Lane makes awesome crystal substitutes that are very bling bling. My favorite is the black crystal version I have at my store.¬" ($120, Hillary Rush, 323.852.0088)

3. Binetti Sri Lanka Sundress
¬"In addition to bright yellow, I also love this fantastic cobalt color for summer. This vibrant blue, silk sundress is also the perfect, short length right now.¬" ($230, net-a-porter.com)

4. Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner in Soft Black
¬"I¬'m into black, cat eye makeup in the style of Jean Shrimpton, Brigitte Bardot, and currently, Amy Winehouse.¬" ($28. sephora.com)

5. Nars Lip Lacquer in Butterfield 8
¬"This pinky shade has a French, new wave feeling and it¬'s great either with or without a tan, at least on me! I love that the color doesn¬'t bleed like red lipstick does in the summer. (Nars, $23, sephora.com)

6. Maria Bontia Extra Skort
¬"Skorts are best of both worlds¬--a mini and a short¬--all while making it more difficult to flash your underwear. This pair¬'s perfect flair makes your legs look so skinny. I¬'m obsessed with Brazilian designers like Maria Bonita Extra right now¬--Brazil is totally the new Italy.¬" ($226, Hillary Rush, 323.852.0088 or shopbop.com)

7. Bruce Springsteen¬'s Greatest Hits
¬"My store windows are an homage to Bruce right now. It was inspired by a great pair of Paper Denim & Cloth cutoff jean shorts that are the company's ¬"Glory Days¬" style." ($13.97, amazon.com)

8. Barneys Black Patent Leather Wedges
¬"Patent wedges, in both black and white, have been flying out of the store. They¬'re perfect with either skorts or superwide leg jeans. I love them because they elongate your leg (slimming) and you can actually walk in them! My favorite ones are by the Spanish designer Juan Antonio Lopez, but this version from Barneys CO-OP works perfectly too.¬" ($295, barneyscoop.com)

Other items on Rush¬'s radar or in her store:
Nili Lotan shirt dresses
Jeffery Campbell black leather flip-flops with gold studs
J Brand 22¬'¬' bell bottoms in black
Kate Moss for Topshop (topshop.com)
Majestic t-shirts in light pink and white stripes
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