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Fashion Find: Mermaid Jewelry

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

I’ve always been fascinated by mermaids – legendary underwater creatures said to be are part human, part fish. From Disney’s The Little Mermaid to Brooklyn’s Coney Island costume parade these mythical creatures make a splash thought out the world in various ways. Here are ways you can rock this sea creature as a fashion accessory.

Huan Xun Women's Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet with Jewelry Gift Box, $4.99

Huan Xun Women’s Mermaid Charm Bangle Bracelet with Jewelry Gift Box, $4.99

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

Sterling Silver Mermaid Pendant Necklace, $79.99

Dogeared Forever Summer Pretty Mermaid Necklace, Gold Dipped, $64.99

Dogeared Forever Summer Pretty Mermaid Necklace, Gold Dipped, $64.99

Pink Mermaid Earring, $19.99

Pink Mermaid Earring, $19.99


Are You the Next Big Female DJ?

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Urban Beauty United (UBU), a new edgy beauty tool line, has teamed up with model and DJ, Harley Viera-Newton, to launch the UBU All Girls on Decks DJ Campaign and App. Aspiring DJ’s can enter for a chance to win a photo-shoot with Harley, a DJ Starter Kit and a full set of UBU Beauty Tools.

Hopefuls can enter now through November 30th and create a tune that they feel best expresses Urban Beauty. Harley will be judging the entries, and the final 5 that make it through will be showcased to be voted on by the public.

The goal of the campaign is to find the next leading female DJ that puts creativity, individuality and beauty into their mixes. Through the campaign, UBU is hoping to send the message that with focus, dedication, the right tools and hard work- girls can achieve anything.

Think you have what it takes? Enter now»

 


Statement Necklaces from Paula and Chlo

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Now that summer is finally here, you can wear your best outfits for all to admire, but no outfit is ever complete without the right accessories. Jazz up your wardrobe with one of the below statement necklaces from Paula and Chlo, a Michigan based online e-tailer started by 52-year old Paula Slof, who developed the website for the modern contemporary woman to shop for everything from handbags to handmade soaps. These top necklace picks from the site conjure up summertime with gorgeous floral designs.

 

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Carried Away Rhinestone Necklace, $ 46

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Elegance in Blue Statement Necklace, $36

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Flower Garden Necklace Lavender Orange Color, $36

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Paradise in Pink Statement Necklace, $38


Finding the perfect Hat for the Kentucky Derby

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Kim Kardashian at the 135th Kentucky Derby  (May 2, 2009 - Source: Jeff Gentner/Getty Images North America)

Kim Kardashian at the 135th Kentucky Derby
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This week I will be attending a Kentucky Derby themed party, so naturally, I had to begin looking for the fashion accessory that’s most associated with the women who attend the event – the big, fancy, hat. The extravagant hat tradition dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne enforced a strict dress code which mandated the public wear hats in her presence. Years later, headwear still remains a staple at the event, and steals more attention than the races. Below are some of the hats I think would be perfect for the special occasion.

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Flower Trim Derby Hat, $58.00

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Alexandria, $117.00

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August Adeline Down Brim Felt Hat, $31.99

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Floral Topper Straw Hat, $ 398.00


Get Glamorous Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands

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A few weeks ago I attended an event where I was introduced to Bandelettes, a brand that produces thigh bands to relieve all of the uncomfortable problems of inner thigh chafing that many women encounter when wearing skirts and dresses.

What is chafing? It’s the irritation skin may experience due to the repetitive friction from a specific area, such as the thighs, rubbing together. Bandelettes prevents this problem, with an exclusive trademarked and patented design that features non-slip silicon on the underside of elastic lace that lightly wraps thighs and stays in place. The result: no more redness and soreness and the elimination of messy powders or lotions. Moreover, the garment is not just functional, but aesthetically pleasing, as the 6-inch long chic lace can provide a sexy peek-a-book look to rev up any outfit.

Developed by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, the product is available in 4 different shades for $14.99 each. Get one now»

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Announcing The New Hold Me Middle Sister Bag

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105Every looked for a fashionable way to store your makeup brushes? The Hold Me Company has just announced a new size to their line of makeup organizer bags, The Hold Me Middle Sister Bag. The eco-friendly mid-sized bag is just a step-down in size from the largest and original Hold Me Bag and perfectly fits inside an average purse for easy transportation. Available in 11 different patterns, including basic black to bright pinks, the bag is a chic way to organize an assortment of cosmetics and brushes that can be stored for daily use. Closed, the Middle Sister Hold Me Bag measures, 9″ H, by 6″ W, by 2.5″ D, and extends to 20″ W when fully opened, giving full access to makeup and brushes with 8 separate brush sleeves. The exterior of the bag is made of vegan black suede, and the bag includes a removable bottom liner.

Hand made in the USA, the Hold Me Bags are available in three sizes and retail for $60 to $95. The Hold Me Bags can be purchased online and at fine makeup and beauty supply retailers.

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From left to right: (Hold Me Bag; Hold Me Middle Sister Bag; Hold Me Baby Bag)


Make A Statement: Handmade Zipper Cuff Bracelets

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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.


New Handbag Line: Comes With Baggage

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.

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Bitches Clutch (Black Patent Leather, Gold Ink), $288.00

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Dreaming Clutch (Red Snake Skin, Gold Ink), $288.00

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Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Clutch (Navy Snake Skin, Gold Ink), $288.00

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Playing it Safe Clutch (Cream Snake Skin Leather, Gold Ink), $288.00

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Protect Me Clutch (Black Fabric, White Ink), $288.00

Curse Clutch (Taupe Leather, Black Ink), $288

Curse Clutch (Taupe Leather, Black Ink), $288


At Style 24/7: Amazing Accessorie​s At Affordable Prices

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.

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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


Arm Candy: Must- Have Summer Handbags

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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.

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Sorial Ava Beach Totes, $89

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.

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‘grove court floral – tenley’ crossbody bag, $168

 

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.

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Studded Clear Tote, $19.80

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.

Nine West 9 Jacquard Hobo , $47.99

Nine West 9 Jacquard Hobo , $47.99

XOXO New Horizon Hobo
This hobo just screams warm summer sunshine and is sure to brighten up any outfit.

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XOXO New Horizon Hobo, $29.50


Big, Floppy Hats for Summer – 2013 Edition

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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:

Floppy Summer Hat, $38

American Apparel Floppy Summer Hat, $38

'Angelina' Striped Sun Hat, $38.00

‘Angelina’ Striped Sun Hat, $38.00

Juicy Couture Wide Brim Straw Sequined Sun Hat, $39.99

Juicy Couture Wide Brim Straw Sequined Sun Hat, $39.99

Jessica Simpson Ombre Floppy, $42.99

Jessica Simpson Ombre Floppy, $42.99

J Crew Summer straw hat, $34.00

J Crew Summer straw hat, $34.00


KENSIE JEWELRY HOLIDAY ’13 COLLECTION

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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.

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Get Eco Friendly Eyewear from ICU for Earth Day

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glToday, 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»


Just in time for Spring: Floral-inspired Jewelry by Chaya Studio

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March 20th officially marked the first day of spring. It will take some time before spring flowers emerge and sprout to full bloom, so in the meantime I’m lusting over the beautiful floral-inspired jewelry of Chaya Caron. Based in South Portland, Maine, Caron draws inspiration for her designs from her love of nature, conscious awareness and Japanese art. She only uses 100 percent recycled precious metals and actively supports Fair Trade gemstone companies.

Prices in Caron’s collections range from $44 – $285. Get a jump-start on Mother Day by purchasing one of the elegant pieces for your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, and anyone else in your life who deserves a special gift.

Check out some of the beautiful jewelery from Chaya Studio below.

Cherry Blossom Collection

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Magnificent Lotus Collection

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Custom-made and Weddings

In addition to the jewelry featured on her website and in retail stores, Chaya also makes custom-made jewelry, including custom bride and groom rings. Learn more here.

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Kensie Summer/Fall 2013 Jewelry Colelction

Stone Cluster Pendants ($38)
Stone Cluster Pendants ($38)

Royal Rebel: Stone Cluster Pendants ($38)

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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Shine Like Stars, Live for the Moment, Inspire Me & Tell Me Something Bangle Sets ($28)

Shine Like Stars: Inspire Me, Live for the Moment, Tell Me Something and Shine Like Stars Bangle Sets ($28 each)

Dream, Loce, and Inspire Pendants ($18)

Sparkle and Shine: Dream, Love, and Inspire Pendants ($18)

Triangle Collar ($28, on the left and right); Baguette Pendant (center)

Strong Start: Triangle Collar ($28, on the left and right); Baguette Pendant (center)

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Necklaces from the Highline collection

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From top to bottom: Baguette stud, Multi Stick Drop, Long Stick Drop and Linear Triple Drop - all $18

From top to bottom: Baguette stud, Multi Stick Drop, Long Stick Drop and Linear Triple Drop – all $18

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.

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Which pieces from the Summer/Fall 2013 collection are you coveting?


Maya Brenner Zodiac Collection Sale

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?

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Rocks and Stones may break my bones, but they will always look fashionable on me

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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


Turtle Jewelry

Palm Beach Jewelry Black Ruthenium Crystal Turtle Bangle Bracelet, $55

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:

Palm Beach Jewelry Black Ruthenium Crystal Turtle Bangle Bracelet, $55

Andrew Hamilton Crawford Jewelry Turtle Necklace Silver Pink Necklace, $63.00

Sea Turtle Earrings Green Cubic Zirconia Rhodium over Sterling Silver, $69.87


Get up to 70% off luxury handbags at LuxeYard

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If your mom is a fashionista, then why not enhance her chic aesthetic this mother’s Day with a luxury handbag by orYANY (pronounced “or ee yah knee”). Launched in Spring 2010, orYANY’s line of bags offer functionality (there are internal compartments for your keys, cell phone..etc), while being stylish (the bags are available in vibrant colors and exciting textures like rattan basket). There are tons of styles to choose from including crossbody bags, totes and clutches. Check out some of the styles below.

Rounded handles makes these handbags easy to carry.

orYANY’s high end bags usually retail between $165 and $450, but for a limited time, you can score one of the brand’s coveted creations for 70% off at LuxeYard.com (prices range from $65.00 to $195 with the discount). This special sale will end on May 9th. After that, you’ll have to pay full price for the handbags, so while you’re there getting one for mom, be sure to pick one up for yourself, too.

Soft calfskin leather pieces are accented with braided handle detailing.

Some handbags incorporate luxurious materials such as vachetta leather and rattan basket.


How to create your own kind of beautiful – Interview with Karen Joseph

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Strong, independent, and determined are three words that describe Karen Joseph, owner of Ezzie Bliss, a newly launched online accessories store. This March, the single mother of three set out to make her love of fashion a successful business, while pursuing a degree in nursing – an unlikely career path for someone who has a background in accounting and telecommunications. As a young girl growing up in Grenada, accessories played a major part in helping her develop self-confidence.

“There were days when I felt ugly when I saw myself in the mirror; although my friends and family told me different,” she says. “It was those pieces of jewelry that made me feel transformed – as if it was like therapy when I put them on. Accessories helped me to build my confidence, and is now leading me towards my accomplishments. I hope I could relay this feeling to other women in similar situations.”

How did you decide on the name?

My sister Ezra is the inspiration behind the name Ezzie Bliss.  Although she is my younger sister, Ezra has had a major impact on my life. She is driven to achieve her goals, she is caring, loyal and loving and because of these qualities, I look up to her and admire her. In Hebrew, Ezra means helper. Ezra is currently engaged and in August she will become Mrs. Bliss. Combining Ezra and Bliss just made sense to me.  When I was thinking about the name Ezzie Bliss it meant “helper of joy.” In my life my sister and my family have been my foundation and my joy.

What motivated you to start your online accessories business? (more…)


Handmade Luxury: Interview with Designer Barbara Campbell

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Designer Barbara Campbell

I first introduced you all to designer Barbara Campbell in October 2011, when I attended one of her trunk shows at Bloomingdales in SoHo, where she was showcasing her Black and Gold jewelry collection. This week I had the opportunity to catch up with the busy designer to learn more about her company, where she gets her inspiration from, and how her business continues to thrive in the fashion industry.

Where are you from?

I am a first generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Washington Heights in Manhattan. Both my mother and father were born in Cuba

When did your company launch?

The inspiration for my company began in Vermont in 2006, overlooking a lake in the green mountains. The natural beauty of the environment started merging with my design instincts. The company actually launched while I was on the beach in Montauk. Once again the natural beauty of the beaches and the ocean convinced me that designing accessories that were inspired by nature’s wonders was something I wanted to do. The company officially launched in the fall of 2007. (more…)


Do YOU “Live in Fashion?”

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Liveinfashion.com Owner Michelle Akers

Starting your own business is no easy task, especially in the fashion world, where competition is fiercer than an episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. So how does a young boutique owner stay on top of their game in a dog-eat-dog industry? We sat down with Michelle Akers, Owner/Buyer of the New York based online boutique Liveinfashion.com to find out.

Launched in December 2009, Liveinfashion.com, caterers to “the woman who is daring to be different.” The online store successfully sells out unique fashionable pieces, reflecting Akers’ eye for quality, and innate ability to sense what women covet when it comes to style.

Where are you from?

Wow…I was born in Houston, Texas then moved to Brooklyn, NY for a little while, then to Jamaica, Queens. Now, I live in Elmont, Long Island.

What inspired you to start you online boutique?

I remember coming home one night and just saying to my mom that I wanted to start an online store. I’m a very daring person, so when I dress people would always ask where I got certain pieces from. I decided that I wanted to be the source of “getting.”

How did you decide on the name?

It came down to either “love in fashion” or “live in fashion.” The slogan “Do you live in fashion?” just stuck and that’s how I chose the name. (more…)


Fashion Earphones

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Feast your eyes below on one of the world’s most expensive ear buds by Thomas Heyerdahl / Heyerdahl Jewellery of Oslo, Norway, which debuted in 2008. Made of 18 karat white gold and 204 diamonds, and limited to 1,000 pairs, the “iDiamond ear” is touted as the “world’s most exclusive earphones ever made.” It also costs up to $7,000. Now, if you’re like me, and can’t afford to blow that much money on headphones, then keep scrolling so that you can see where you can get your own cheaper, blinged out headphones that you won’t have to remortgage your home in order to buy.

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Thomas Heyerdahl iDiamonds earphones, (Suggested retail price:EUR 4,950 / USD 7,200 + VAT / TAX)

Sony MDR-EX80LP Ear Bud Fashionable Headphones - Silver

Sony MDR-EX80LP Swarovski Fashion Earbuds - Silver, $39.99

Altec Lansing Bliss Platinum In-Ear Stereo Headphones MZX736W - White/Gold

Altec Lansing Bliss Platinum In-Ear Stereo Headphones MZX736W - White/Gold, $59.95

Pink Crystal Rhinestone DJ Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

Pink Crystal Rhinestone DJ Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones, $49.99

LG Tritan AX840 Luxury Pink Rhinestone Diamante Handsfree Earphones

LG Tritan AX840 Luxury Pink Rhinestone Diamante Handsfree Earphones, $12.49

black chicBuds made with genuine Swarovski Crystals, $40.00


Trend Alert: Knuckle Clutches

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I thought it was absolutely hilarious when Renee Graziano accessorized her outfit with a brass knuckle purse when going to meet up for drinks with other members of the cast of “Mob Wives,” in the episode that aired this past Sunday. The bag she was carrying was the 1st edition Black Glitter Too Fast Brass Knuckle Purse, which has been discontinued. But, you can get Too Fast’s newer version in Glossy Black for $40 here.

In the spirit of Renee’s handbag/weapon, here are some other knuckle clutches sure to keep your haters at bay:

Alexander McQueen Chained Dagger Skull Knucklebox Clutch, $1,174.00

Remi & Reid Damian Clutch, $115.00

Damita Knuckle Clutch Purple, $40.00

Red Floral Knuckle Duster Skull Clutch Bag, £25.00

Beige Rhinestone Knuckle Clutch, $29.90