It’s that time of year again – Coachella – the annual music festival that brings out droves of people to bake in the sun while listening to groovy tunes. The one fashion trend that has always been a staple at the event is floral headbands. I’ve sourced the web to find some worthy of the beachy waves it will adorn.
The prayers have been answered for all sassy fashionistas who are looking to stand out in a crowd and enhance their fabulousness. A new couture frame line #touchedbykymmi is aiming to adorn the faces of fashion-forward individuals with one-of-a-kind specs designed in a variety of colors and embellishments.
The collection was created by Kymmi Tea, who combined her love for designer sunglasses and her need to upgrade what is seen as “normal” to launch #TouchedByKymmi. And, the collection is anything but normal – the web store features ornate specs designed with everything from gems to flowers to chains, and named with unique hashtags such as #BrunchWithOprah and #PinUpVixen. The goal was to develop an accessory that is seen as the “shapewear” for the face, with frames that are just as beautiful as the makeup applied.
Since its launch the frames have proven to be a must-have accessory, as they have been seen on numerous runways and reality TV stars including Stevie J and Joseline Hernandez, as well as talk show host Wendy Williams.
To learn more visit kymmitea.com.
A new company is aiming to disrupt the eyewear industry. Epicstoke Carvers is on a mission to bring their 7-in-1 Customizable Sunglasses to the market so that consumers can have specs that feature the same materials as high-end sunglasses, but at a fraction of the cost.
The premium customizable sunglasess consists of interchangeable, polycarbonate polarized lens available in seven fashionable colors, while offering the highest level of protection for your eyes. The lenses feature 100% UV filtering and are polarized with scratch resistant coatings on both sides. Additionally, Carvers’ frames are hand carved from cellulose acetate, the highest quality material for eyeglasses. Notably, the sunglasses are made from natural renewable materials and are environmentally friendly, hypo-allergenic, lightweight and extremely durable.
You may pre-order your pair of Epicstoke Carvers on the company’s Indiegogo crowd-funding website, and, while you’re there contribute to the campaign to help fund the business.
Click here to learn more.
Sometimes, adding glamorous jewelry to your wardrobe can be easier said than done, especially when it’s hard to find pieces that are both stylish and affordable. Enter Cate & Chole, a fashion-forward jewelry line that offers high-end accessories that retail from an incredible price range of $60 to $135.
Fashionistas can opt to purchase necklaces, earrings and bracelets individually, or sign up to for the company’s exclusive VIP Membership program, which allows members to receive Cate & Chole’s newest and most popular pieces (worth over $200) straight to their doorsteps twice a month for just $40. One of the items in the box will be a pre-release item, available to VIP members only.
As an introduction to the VIP Membership program I received the gorgeous pear-shaped Dina “Dive” necklace (seen below), inspired by the sophistication of Princess Diana.
– One month free subscription with immediate delivery of items
– 20% OFF the first month membership
To learn more about Cate & Chloe member benefits click here.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty, an innovative line of that fuses fine jewelry with fragrance will be returning to HSN tonight to showcase items from the Kerala Ashok Garden fragrance jewelry collection. The collection features jewelry pieces with signature charms filled with scent infused beads that slowly release fragrance for weeks. The beads can be added or removed easily, allowing the user to experience the fragrance as they would like to. In addition to jewelry, the collection also features a traditional eau de parfum, Kerala Ashok, for the perfume lover who would rather spritz on their fragrance.
The Kerala Ashok Garden collection contains notes of Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot and Sheer Jasmine, harmonized with Ashok flower, Musky Amber and Green-Floral Spice. The scent, which is described as romantic, aims to nurtures inner strength & balance, and targets the busy woman who needs a little reminder to take a moment to inhale and be reflective.
Tune in to HSN this Wednesday at 7pm EST to watch Lisa Hoffman Beauty on “Beauty Report with Amy Morrison” and learn how you can take home a 2oz Kerala Ashok Eau de Parfum and Fragrance Bracelet for $59.99 or the charming Kerala Ashok Garden Necklace with vintage purple bead for $39.99.
Products scheduled to be featured include:
Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum
Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Bracelet
Kerala Ashok Garden Fragrance Necklace
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.
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»
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.
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.
Accessorize to Give New Life to Old Dresses
Wedding season is upon us, ladies. Your fridge door is crowded with save-the-date cards and fancy invitations to the dozens of spring and summer weddings of your friends and relatives.
Your first thought? “What will I wear?”
It’s actually a more serious question that it seems – with each new nuptial you attend, you have to plan out a dress, a purse, jewelry, and shoes that all look great together and make you feel gorgeous. And each of these ensembles comes with a pretty hefty price tag.
What stops you from befriending the local dry cleaner and wearing the same getup to every wedding are the overlapping guest lists and the corresponding fear that your repeat outfit will be the stuff of catty restroom chatter.
This wedding season, instead of dropping half of your paycheck on a new dress for every event, find fun ways to give a previously-worn frock new life.
We all have those beloved dresses that fit us like a glove – the problem is that we can’t get away with wearing them even one more time without people noticing. This is where your local tailor steps in and gives your old dress the Cinderella treatment.
A great tailor can transform your dress in a way that leaves all the things you love intact. Your options here are endless, but it really depends on the dress. Whatever you do, find a seamstress you can trust by checking out online reviews or seeking referrals from friends; you don’t want to put your favorite frock in the hands of just anyone.
Here are a few examples of transformative alterations:
• Have a long dress shortened
• Add cute cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress
• Add pretty straps to a strapless gown
• Remove sleeves/straps to create a strapless look
• Add a fun peplum
• Change out the bodice or skirt with new fabric
• For the brave, have a dress dyed a new color
Accessory to the Dress
Really, a dress is just the start of a special occasion look. Accessories can make two women wearing identical dresses look very different. They can change the overall effect of a dress to the extent that no one will notice that the dress you have on at Cousin Ellen’s wedding is the same one you wore to Uncle Tim’s wedding a month ago.
If you know from the start that you will be repurposing a dress several times, it’s best to go with a solid color as opposed to a print – this will make it much easier to play with bold accessories. The first step is to decide on a color scheme. Be brave; choose a less common color combo for a look that will definitely make people forget that they’ve seen that dress before. If you have, for example, a dove grey dress, try all sunny yellow accents for one wedding, and then white and lavender accessories for the next one. The focus will be on your fabulous earrings, shoes, belt and purse rather than your repeat dress.
Hair & Makeup
Playing with your own natural beauty is one of the best ways to change your style. A new hair and makeup look can lend the same dress very different feels. But don’t feel like you have to spend big bucks at the salon – thanks to the hundreds of helpful hair and makeup tutorials available online, you can get a pro look at home if you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort.
When trying to alter the appearance of your outfit, choose completely opposite hair and makeup. The first time you wear the dress, leave your hair down in loose beach waves and go for a soft, angelic look on your face. When you repeat the dress, try an elegant updo with a smoky eye and a sexy red lip. These styles are so different that no one will remember that the dress is the same.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to repurposing a great frock. Try adding new, spotlight-grabbing components that you haven’t worn before. For example, take a page out of the young royals’ fashion playbook and explore the world of formal hats and fascinators, which have made a huge return to women’s fashion in recent years.
There’s such a huge range of options available that even the most conservative fashionistas can find a suitably subtle headpiece. But, if you like making a statement with your look, opt for a larger design that adds volume and interest to your look. Just note that the larger the hat or fascinator, the more subtle your other accessories should be. The last thing you want is for your beautiful accent pieces to be competing with one another.
If Kate Middleton can rock the same dress to multiple very public events, you can surely get away with wearing the same thing to a couple of weddings this spring and summer. And, let’s be honest, finding the right accessories is the fun part anyway.
Just make sure that you’re comfortable and feel great in whatever variation of the look that you choose. If you feel beautiful and exude confidence, no one will ever question your fashion sense.
Author Bio: Nicole Betti is the owner of Gold Coast Couture, an online shop that specializes in high-end, formal accessories from a wide array of European designers. Nicole’s main passions are wedding hats & fascinators, which inspired her to carry exclusive collections that are rarely available in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.goldcoastcouture.com/ or connect with Nicole on Google+!