Over the summer I was sent a gorgeous zipper bracelet cuff from Maslindadesigns, a boho chic indie brand that focuses on contemporary jewelry and one of a kind hand bags. The stylish cuff came enclosed in a beautiful floral pouch, which revealed the fashion accessory. The zipper cuffs by Maslindadesigns have an 80s punk influence and looks great when layered with other leather and chain bracelets. Handmade in Greece, the cuffs feature long heavy-duty zippers and can be customized to your exact hand measurements. Some of the stylish arm candy available is pictured above. Click here to visit the company’s website to see more designs.
A popular statement piece in the 90s, ear cuffs have returned and are here to stay, for a least a little while. Celebrities from Alicia Keys to Emma Stone have been spotted rocking the decorative ear pieces, and if you are just as daring as those lovely ladies, then here are some options to make your outer ear stand out.
The other day I was sitting on the train in New York City and could not help but admire the feather earrings worn by the woman sitting across from me. Her outfit was nothing more than a plain grey t-shirt and blue jean shorts, but the addition of the long maroon feather earrings dangling from her earlobes took the outfit from bland to chic. Try adding some (faux) feather earrings inspired by your favorite bird, and watch your outfit pop. Below are some suggestions.
A couple of months ago I was introduced to a fabulous new handbag line, Comes With Baggage, designed by NYC style maven Lori Levine. The sassy line features vintage handbags with bold expressions in a variety of colors and textures for the woman who wants to make a statement without having to say a word. Some examples of the sayings on the bags include, What Are You Bitches Lookin’ At? and my personal favorite, Protect Me from What I Want. In addition to the audacious one-liners, Comes With Baggage also features a bridal line with charming taglines such as Happily Ever After, @Wifey, and Old New Borrowed & Blue.
Last week I had the opportunity to view the collections of Jade & Jasper, a trendy accessories company based in New York City offering incredible jewelry at great prices. Whether your style is European vintage or urban grunge, there is something in the collection that appeals to every woman. The stylish pieces are made out of the finest materials with extraordinary attention detail, so it’s not surprising that celebrities have snatched up various items in the collection. Check out some of the jewelry below and visit jadeandjasper.com to learn more.
If you add one item to your fall must-have list, make it a Joseph Nogucci bracelet. Designed by a team of University of Toronto Architecture graduates, each piece in the line is meretriciously handcrafted using the finest materials, and invokes Buddhist traditions to bring you positive spiritual energy in a fashion-forward accessory. One of the most popular items in the collection is the Dharma Stone bracelets; each feature a silver plated Tibetan Buddha head and are meant to allow you to embrace the essence of truth and inner peace. My personal favorite is the shimmering bracelets in the Kikiballa collection, which feature dazzling Swarovski Elements Crystals and is a symbol of peace, tranquility and happiness. Check out some of the arm candy below and visit josephnogucci.com to learn more.
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As part of Nolcha Fashion Week, held a couple of weeks ago, I attended the event’s annual brunch at Yotel in midtown Manhattan. At the brunch many different vendors were on hand including Msglocal by Glocal Connection, a company started by two friends to provide an e-commerce platform for global artisans and micro-producers, allowing them to make an income. The company curates beautiful handcrafted accessories by locals in communities across the country, and gives them the opportunity to sell their creations to a global audience. Additionally, Msglocal provides them with business coaching. The goal of the company is to achieve positive social impact via economic development: Impact GLObal Shop loCAL!
Check out some of the photos below to see just a few of the gorgeous creations by some of their artisans, and visit msglocalstyle.com to learn more.
ICU Eyewear, a global eyewear company featuring stylish designs at affordable prices, wants your opinion on the newest designs in two of their collections: Wink, a chic line of women’s frames or, Dr. Dean, a classically styled collection of specs for men.
As a special thank you for participating, ICU is offering the first 1,000 visitors who vote the opportunity to win the style they chose as their favorite. After the first 1,000 entries cast their vote and score their awesome prize, the giveaway will end. But, fashion-forward guys and gals who aren’t first in line will still be able to adorn their faces with stylish ICU specs, since they will receive a promotional code for a 40% discount to be redeemed at ICUEyewear.com.
The giveaway is open now through August 28th. Visit ReadInStyleGiveaway.com today to vote for your favorite style of readers, and instantly find out if you are one of the lucky winners.
No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories, but not every woman can afford to stock up on multiple pieces of jewelry to adorn herself with. Enter At Style 24/7, a new accessory website that fuses trendy costume jewelry with savvy prices. The website features a versatile collection of watches, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches and necklaces for the budget conscious fashionista that wants to look great 24/7. The collection includes statement pieces that are sure to make anyone stand out, while vamping up bland outfits. Check out some of my top picks below, and visit their website to see more.
1. Women’s Fashion Watch, $70.00
2. Thick Black Leather Bracelet with Gold Metal Lock, $35.00
3. Pave Crystal Stretch Bracelet with Two Jaguar Heads Connected with a Metal Texture Circle, $35.00
4. Necklace and Earring Set with Multi Colored Flowers in Various Sizes, $63.00
5. Jaguar Hinged Ring with Black Epoxy and Pave Crystals, $19.25
Whether you will be spending the summer laying on the beach or fashionably strutting yourself to and from work, I’ve got you covered with the perfect summer handbags for every price point.
Sorial Ava Beach Totes
Make a statement, while keeping everything you need for the beach organized in one of these bold totes.
Kate Spade ‘grove court floral – tenley’ crossbody bag
Nothing says summer more than florals. Plus, the added pop of color makes this bag a showstopper.
For less money…
Forever 21 Studded Clear Tote
This very stylish tote, featuring faux patent trim with pyramid stud accents, looks more expensive than it really is.
Nine West 9 Jacquard Hobo
This slouchy-chic Nine West bag boasts plenty of pockets for your summer essentials. The teal color alone, reminds me of bright blue skies and refreshing beach waters.
XOXO New Horizon Hobo
This hobo just screams warm summer sunshine and is sure to brighten up any outfit.
Let’s face it. Weddings can seem like celebrity red carpet affairs with everyone decked out to the nines, with the hope of being crowed best dressed. Stand out in the crowd by taking a cue from two stars that know how to wear flattering styles and make heads turn.
The Outdoor Wedding: Celebspiration – Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton stunned in a long lace-chiffon gown at the 2012 “Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert” in London, England. The chiffon material flows dreamily while keeping you cool, so it’s a great choice for an outdoor special event. Kate accessorized her outfit with strappy silver sandals and a clutch to match her gown. (Source of Kate Middleton Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)
1. Embellished Lace & Silk Chiffon Gown, $292.80
2. Caparros Zarielle, $62.00
3. Amanda Logo Clutch Bag, Light Blue, $297.00
4. Jody Coyote Sterling Silver Earrings, Glass Teardrop, $18.90
The Black-Tie Wedding: Celebspiration - Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston appeared sophisticated and polished in a black and white formal gown at the 26th American Cinematheque Award Gala. She accessorized her look with a white clutch (and handsome man). Take the look up a notch by adding a little sparkle to your neckline. (Source of Jennifer Aniston photo: Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
1. Black and White Column Long Bridesmaid Dress, $179.00
2. 5 Row V Shaped Estate Freshwater Pearl Bridal Necklace, $49.99
3. French Connection Nina Sandal, $84.00
4. BCBGMAXAZRIA Lizard Envelope Clutch, $78.00
Summer is almost here, and you know what that means? You need a wide-brimmed hat to keep yours kin protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Because I care about your skin, I’ve searched far and wide (at least on the internet) to find you my top picks for the most sun proof hats that will keep you fashionable while offering a large circumference of protection. Behold:
Last week I had the opportunity to preview the 2013 holiday collection by Kensie jewelry. The collection features triangular shapes, monograms and celestial-inspired pieces. My favorite accessories are the sparkly moon necklaces, which is sure illuminate any outfit, regardless of the time of day. As a special treat, bloggers were treated to complementary tarot card readings; according my tarot card reader, 2013 will be the most exciting year of my life. Check out some of the photos I took at the event below.
The manbag: once a most unfairly maligned accessory that was reserved for the more, let’s say, sartorially serious gent. ‘Real men’, of the kind of butch masculinity heralded by Yorkie chocolate bars and McCoy crisps, would never be seen with anything so fey and useful , instead preferring to stock their pockets or maybe condescend to use a natty skate backpack, at a push.
But that would be me showing my age, for in recent years, the manbag has undergone a reputation overhaul and now is the accepted accessory of nary a man, regardless of personal style or degrees of butch, with everything from satchels to duffle bags thrown over shoulders.
Personally, I’m all for a good man bag: why should men be so heartlessly deprived of life’s greatest pastime (namely, bag shopping) while simultaneously forced to ruin the line of their trousers with overstuffed pockets? Tsk, this is an age of equality we live in and it is only right and proper that men should be able to enjoy the finer aspects of life just as we women do. But just as the most unyielding have come round to this way of thinking and begrudgingly accept that it’s possible for something other than the briefcase to be carried, Burberry have challenged us anew with the latest update to the manbag: the man clutch. I see those questioning looks on your faces; this isn’t a return of the murse, but rather streamlined bags to be carried much in the way you might your iPad, which can no doubt be handily stored inside. Burberry’s offerings included those in brightly coloured metallics (which could work with this season’s skater boy trend, in theory) but the early adopters of the trend on the street often tend to favour oversized, slouchy leather versions in simple black or brown leather, which are more ideal for those wishing to ease themselves in. There are even some to be found that come with a slim chain, so, when you tire of carrying it, you may causally adorn your shoulder. But I see I’m losing you again.
Now, this isn’t going to be for everyone, I grant you, and it may take a few more seasons for the majority to come round, but if you can pull this one off with aplomb, why you’ll look the height of sartorial elegance.
And if anyone questions your choice of accessory, simply throw them a withering look of pity, deprived as they are of the wonder of the manbag. Or failing that, pretend like it’s your girlfriend’s…
Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine.
Today, April 22nd, marks Earth Day. Last week, I told you how you can get great skin while supporting a green initiative, and today, I’m featuring a way you can complement your great skin and eco-friendly lifestyle with ICU Eyewear. Specs from ICU are a fashionable way you can protect your eyes, while protecting the environment. Since the launch of its first “Eco Reader” in 2006, ICU has used the most sustainable materials including bamboo, recycled metals, and other plant based materials, to manufacture many of its reading glasses, sun readers and sunglass styles.
Product Recycling Program
ICU encourages consumers to recycle their readers so materials can be repurposed. Through the company’s product return and recycling program, customers can return used eyewear to the company’s warehouse to be recycled. Glasses that are in good condition are donated to organizations that distribute eyewear to those in need. To date, ICU has donated over a 100,000 pairs of glasses through various programs worldwide. Learn more here»
Last week I attended the Summer/Fall 2013 jewelry preview event of Kensie, held at the company’s beautiful showroom in New York City. I believe a woman’s outfit is never complete with at least one accessory, so I was excited to see the new pieces, which will be available at Macy’s later this year. Whether your style is boho chic, low-key or elegant, there is something for everyone in this collection. The Summer/Fall line is an eclectic mix of colorful statement pieces and metallic jewelry, some of which feature fun geometric shapes.
I am in love with the bangle sets in the “Shine Like Stars” collection, which are engraved with inspirational words (seen below) and will make great gifts for upcoming graduations, birthdays, and other special occasions.
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My favorite accessories in the whole room were from the Rooftop Party Gasoline collection. The see-through, lace-like architectural design of the necklaces, earrings and braceltes creates a unique effect and is absoutely stunning.
Which pieces from the Summer/Fall 2013 collection are you coveting?
In the past I’ve written about Maya Brenner Designs, a high-end jewelry collection favorited by some of the most hottest celebrities. This week the jewelry company is kicking off 2013 by having a celestial sale – 40% off all zodiac necklaces and birthstone rings through Jan. 14. Since the year has just begun, you can buy a special zodiac accessory for someone you know and hold onto it until their birthday. Or, just grab one for yourself – at 40% off why not?
1. Druzy Necklaces, $40.00
2. Jay King Blue Lace Drusy Sterling Silver Drop Earrings, $89.90
3. Peter Ciesla Necklace, $690.00
4. Liz Larios Black Garnet Nugget Ring, $170.00
5. Raw peridot stud earrings, $14.00
6. Crystal Cave Rock Ring, $20.00
A quick and easy way to add flare to your outfit is to add a hint of animal print. However, even easier is going from stylish to tacky when wearing animal print. To avoid overdoing any print, try it out on one piece of your outfit. If you are feeling bold, try a printed dress. Make sure that the print is not too busy, and keep your accessories simple.
A few weeks ago I was approached by a representative of Alli’s Everlasting Arrangements & Accessories asking me to take part in a fun contest to style one of the company’s floral pins in friendly competition with other bloggers. After hearing the story behind the company, I couldn’t say no. Alli’s Everlasting Arrangements & Accessories, is a floral arrangements and accessories line designed by Renee Heyden, in memory of her daughter Allison (Alli) Emilie Heyden, who passed away at the age of 24 last summer. Alli was an up-and-coming fashion designer, had her own clothing line, and won numerous awards. Renee makes everything in the collection from fabrics she found in Alli’s room, and a portion of the proceeds from sales go towards the Alli Heyden Passion for Fashion Scholarship Fund at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Alli’s alma mater.
I received a pink suede floral pin embellished with sparkling rhinestones. It’s the perfect accessory to that can be used to jazz up any outfit. In the pictures below, you can see just how versatile the pins can be. I used it as a hair accessory, two different ways; attached it to a crystal belt; and, adored a solid shirt with the pin for a pop of color. Which one do you like best? The contest is bein hosted on Alli’s Everlasting’s Facebook Page.
Here is the direct link to vote: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.433878246649964.87455.327042910666832&type=1
Special thanks to Ramola Poonai nd Erin Angarola for thier help with this project. xoxo
The most wonderful thing about nature is its ability to be beautiful without human interference. So, it only makes sense that some of the most beautiful jewelry can be made from one of Mother Nature’s precious resources. Today, I’m focusing on the gorgeous wood we get from trees. It’s amazing how scraps of wood can be transformed into something absolutely magnificent and fashionable.
1.. FULL TILT 5 Wood Bangle Set, UPDATE: currently unavailable
2. Kenneth Jay Lane Polka-Dot Bangles, $79.99
3. Classic Rock – Lola James, $55.00
4. Wood Bead Stretch Bracelet, $5.50
1. Spiral Wood Earrings, $26.00
2. Natasha Couture Wood Earrings, $28.00
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4. Gara Danielle Victorian Wood and Emerald Ring, $125.00
5. Karen London “Woodland” Ebony Wood Studded Polygon Ring, $80.00
6. Sku Wood Band Ring, $115.00
7. Lucky Brand Peace Wood Ring, $31.99
So, I’ll admit it. I’m a little scared of turtles, no matter what their size. I think my fear of turtles began in junior high school when I used to have a turtle as a class pet. When it was my turn to bring the turtle home, he somehow managed to escape while we were cleaning his tank. I know, I know, turtles are slow and should be easy to catch. But, this one managed to dog paddle its way into the darkness of under my couch, and popped out in the middle of a scary movie. Since then, I have been scared. I am, however, not afraid of wearing them in the form of blinged out chic accessories. Here are some cool turtle inspired jewels:
Sneaky was to incorporate blue into your wedding.
When it comes to wedding’s we’ve all heard the famous good-luck bridal rhyme: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I am nowhere near walking down the aisle, but I already know what I will be selecting for three out of the four areas on the list. Yet, when it comes to the last item, something blue, I’ve really had to sit down and think long and hard about it.
I’ve got nothing against the color blue, but why would I want to disrupt the purity of my fashionable white assemble with such a clashing pigment? Well, it turns out that for centuries, blue has been associated with weddings as a symbol of love and purity. For that reason, the Old English rhyme includes “something blue” as one of the four good luck charms a bride should have on her wedding day. Now, I won’t go as far as wearing a blue gown on my wedding day as women did in the middle ages until white became the wedding hue of choice; but, I do have some ideas on how to sneakily incorporate the color on the big day.
If you’re sugary sweet
Nothing is sweeter than the fragrant smell of fresh flowers, so incorporate some blue flowers, such as hydrangeas into your wedding bouquet. You can also have a blue ribbon tied around the bouquet.
If you’re naughty
Wear blue lingerie for a sexy little secret no one has to know about. Or, put on a blue garter for the traditional groomsmen toss.
If you’re flashy
I love, love, love the idea of adding blue rhinestone monogram stickers underneath your shoes. It’s devious, and oh so clever. You can have the monograms say anything you want from “I Do,” to the wedding date, to your brand new initials.
If you prefer to show off your blue bling, then accessorize with dazzling earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and even hair pieces.
For the more adventurous bride that loves bling, you can try vajazzling with blue crystals (I won’t judge!).
If you’re a beauty queen
Blue nail polish is a great way to integrate the color into your wedding in a subtle way. You can also wear a light blue eye shadow on your lids.
Many brides nowadays choose to incorporate blue in other parts of their wedding, instead of on themselves. Bridesmaids or flower girls can wear blue dresses, sashes, or hair accessories. Centerpieces and place cards are also a great place to add in the color. You can even have your cake sit on a blue plate. At the end of the day, it’s just an old tradition. Just as long as you are not the “something blue” on your wedding day, then that’s all that matters.