Aug 31, 2009

How to Wear Cuff Bracelets for Fall

With cooler weather approaching, it’s time to start thinking about sweaters and tunics, blazers and boleros. And you might be wondering which bracelets to transition from summer to fall and which new pieces to pick up that will best compliment your current closet full of cold weather clothes.
Cuff Bracelets
If you already own a plain blouse in a solid color, use this as a foundation for adding gold cuff bracelets. You don’t have to go for solid 14K gold either. Instead, for more wallet friendly pieces, try gold plated or gold tone bracelets. These are perfect office-friendly accessories.

If you already own a 3/4 length sweater or a boyfriend jacket where the sleeves can be rolled, take the opportunity to sport a statement bracelet in a great design. Gold bracelets reign supreme for fall and you can’t go wrong with a classic cuff or bangle in a twisted rope design. Or, try a few thin bracelets that mix metals like sterling silver and yellow gold.
Cuff Bracelets
Although statement jewelry is in, cuff bracelets don’t always have to be over-the-top. Keep it in perspective and wear things that have small interesting details like braids, chain link or studs. These pieces are wearable to work or for play and won’t limit you to one season of wear.
Cuff Bracelets
The most important thing to remember when selecting your accessories is to wear pieces that you like. No matter what’s in or out or what the magazines are ranting and raving about, be conscious about what you are spending and how much wear you’re going to get out of it. Take a popular over-the-top trend and put your own spin on it. After all, fashion is about personal expression and individuality, so show off yours by wearing bracelets that you adore. You’ll look great and feel even better with this confidence.

Aug 27, 2009

How to Wear Lariat Necklaces

Traditionally, lariat necklaces are long, loose and free flowing necklaces that can be worn to adorn your neck. These accessories are artistic and interesting, especially because they are so many wearable options from which to choose. These are some of our favorites:

Traditional lasso style – Lariat necklaces are fantastic for making an impact. If statement necklaces aren’t your thing, lariats are a great alternative. Wear it like a lasso or a scarf. Simply pick the center point of the necklace, then place the loose end in the loop. Pull as tight as is comfortable, and you’re ready to go. This style works well for laid back looks with beaded necklaces. For more elegant looks, try wearing this style with the long part running down your back. Lariat necklaces are great at drawing attention to dresses and blouses that have an open back. It’s an unexpected and sexy way to show a little skin.

Choker style – Lariat necklaces can be worn so that they have a choker effect. Just wrap round your neck and tuck in the loose ends. You’ll be ready to go in no time. Plus, no fumbling with clasps or hooks. Wear a few of these necklaces together for even more impact. Mix and match and have fun with your choices.

Bracelet style – Lariat necklaces can easily be worn as statement bracelets. Just wrap round your wrist following the same instructions as above. You can even try one on each wrist.

Headband style – Necklaces don’t have to be limited to jewelry that you wear around your neck. Instead, be adventurous and try wearing them as headbands. This creates an ethereal look that is reminiscent of bohemian rhapsody and flower children.

Belt style – Wrap loosely around your waist and tie for a new twist on this great multi-functional necklace.

Aug 24, 2009

Great Jewelry, Great Value

There seems to be continuous pressure for women in today’s society to always look their best – staying fashionable and up to date with the current trends. However, with tough times abound, women everywhere are looking for ways to update their wardrobes with pieces that are inexpensive and will garner the most wear over the course of several seasons. One of the best ways to update your wardrobe is with jewelry that really makes a statement. But jewelry doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are some great options available that are flattering to your style and your pocketbook. Check out our picks for amazing jewelry on a budget.

Jewelry Sets
– If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, then jewelry sets are the way to go. You can find them in styles with rhinestones and pearls for fancier occasions, but a lot of women don’t realize that casual jewelry sets are extremely versatile pieces. For example, jewelry sets with bold beautiful beads or those in sterling silver are options that will stretch your budget. Break the set up and wear the individual pieces with different separates from your closet or keep it together for a pulled together look.

Sterling silver jewelry– A great alternative to gold, sterling silver jewelry can easily be worn on a daily basis. From pieces that can be engraved to classic charm styles, sterling silver jewelry has long been a jewelry classic, so you can be sure that whatever pieces you buy will be wearable for many years to come.

Cubic Zirconia jewelry – If you’re getting prepared for a special occasion and want to look your best, Cubic Zirconia jewelry is the way to go. You can find pieces that are inspired from designers and celeb style, or choose from CZ jewelry in your favorite color, birthstone or to match an outfit.

Just because you don’t have hundreds to spend updating your wardrobe doesn’t mean that you still can’t achieve great style. So check out some of our suggestions. Shop around and look online for even more savings.

Aug 19, 2009

Travel Tips for Necklaces

When you're getting ready to go away, whether it's a family reunion, a business trip or a leisurely vacation to a far-off place, you'll want to make sure that you take extra care in packing your valuables and accessories. This is also the case for when you are packing up and moving from one address to another. Items like necklaces need special attention to make sure that they arrive at their destination in tact and ready to be worn.

Have you ever opened up your travel case to find your necklaces are tangled in a bejeweled web? This is a common problem that many female travelers face. But there are a few solutions to help you keep your sanity during a travel expedition or a major move.

Try wrapping necklaces individually. Make sure necklaces are fastened and lay them out on a sheet of tissue paper or on a paper towel. Wrap securely and stack snugly so that they cannot move around. This will prevent your necklaces from scratching each other. It will also help to prevent tangles. Although this may seem time consuming now, it will save you the effort of having to untangle a jumbled mess at a later time.

Use a plastic container with small compartments. Pick up a partitioned plastic container at any drug store, hobby store or container store. You'll be able to drop one necklace into each compartment. For added security, wind necklaces around your finger or wrist, depending on the length, and secure with a twist-tie before placing in it's own compartment. This will help prevent the chains from tangling.

Use a soft jewelry case – For women on the go, soft jewelry rolls made are fabric are ideal for packing a few necklaces at a time. Simply unsnap, place necklace on the fob and re-snap. Then roll and you're ready to go. If you're only taking a few necklaces, space them out so they avoid contact with each other. 

Aug 17, 2009

Get the Look for Less

If you've ever watched celebs walk the red carpet in gorgeous gowns and over-the-top jewelry, you've probably fallen for one of the fabulous pieces you've seen them wear. It takes a team of top stylists to get them looking picture perfect for the flashbulbs of paparazzi at each event. Once these pictures hit the pages of major fashion magazines, it's a race to replicate their looks. Main stream designers usually introduce celeb-inspired dresses that are affordable and just as stylish. The same goes for jewelry. Although Hollywood A-listers have million dollar dazzlers at their disposal, not many other people can afford to rock these stones. Instead, women are looking to Cubic Zirconia jewelry in replicas of red carpet designs to imitate the style of their favorite starlet.
Once you find a piece of jewelry that you absolutely love, it's pretty likely that you can find a Cubic Zirconia style for a lot less than the actual diamond version. A lot of people don't know that Cubic Zirconia jewelry is the closest rival to diamond jewelry, with amazing clarity and brilliance. In fact, Cubic Zirconia jewelry offers stones that are crystal clear in just about any color of the rainbow.
For special events, Cubic Zirconia jewelry allows you to look your best without breaking the bank. Its affordability means that you can pick up an entire jewelry set or several Cubic Zirconia bangle bracelets and still have money left over for killer shoes and a great clutch. In addition, Cubic Zirconia jewelry is more acceptable to wear during the day, so feel free to rock the same pieces with a cocktail dress as you would a classic t-shirt. For example, if you find CZ jewelry in the form of statement necklaces, transition this piece to daytime with a simple white tee, distressed jeans and a funky pair of flats.
So the next time you spot a celeb strutting her stuff for a major movie premiere or an awards show, rest assured that you can afford to get the same look. Cubic Zirconia jewelry is a great alternative to the real thing, and best of all, you don't have to have your own bodyguard, or give back the jewelry at the end of the night.

Aug 12, 2009

Rings that Rock

Do you love adorning your fingers with beautiful cocktail rings that speak to your innate sense of fashion? If so, then take advantage of all the fabulously flawless cocktail ring designs that are flooding the market this season. You don't have to spend a lot to look like a million. Many of the hottest designs are Cubic Zirconia rings that are affordable and fashion-forward. From playful and fun to chic and classy, there are a bunch of different styles from which to choose. Best of all, with these prices, you can afford to grab a few CZ rings to accessories all of fall's must-haves.

Lately, large stones have flourished when it comes to rings. Cubic Zirconia rings in particular are a great way to get in on the trend, as the look of costume jewelry is definitely "in". Opulent center stones that are several "carats" in size provide megawatt sparkle and add style to any outfit. For fall, it's all about rich jewel toned hues like royal purple, ruby red and sapphire blue.

Another "haute" style are cocktail rings in colored enamel. These pieces add just the right amount of pop to a monotone outfit. Bejeweled with rhinestones, these CZ rings make a more subtle style statement, while providing the perfect finishing touch.

For something with a little more edge, try a CZ ring in a fun design like a skull and crossbones or a giant flower in black and white stones. These pieces are fierce and can be just the ticket for adding something unexpected to a LBD (little black dress).

Cubic Zirconia rings have exploded onto the style circuit with just as many options as their diamond counterparts. Choose the cut and setting that best compliments your personality. Whether you like princess or square cut, an infinity ring or a solitaire, you'll be able to find just what you're looking for.

Aug 10, 2009

Necklace Trends for Fall and Winter '09

If you didn't get a chance to catch the recent fashion shows in New York, Milan and Paris, not to worry. We took a look at some of the hottest necklaces we saw and summed up the styles and trends so that you can easily them from runway to reality by pairing them with pieces that you already own.

Statement necklaces – It's no surprise that statement necklaces are back in focus, grabbing our attention and looking stunning while they do it. With chunky beads, bold designs and lots of personality, there's no such thing as too big of a necklace this season.

Pearls – We continued to see these beautiful stones in the form of long layered necklaces woven with tiers of rhinestones and chain metal. These aren't your grandmother's pearls, but if you're looking for something on a shorter strand, amp up the size of beads so they're gumball size. Or, try something sassy and go for colored pearls in silver or black. You don't have to grab an authentic pearl necklace – in fact many of the replica necklaces are fabulously fierce and inexpensive. You might even have enough money left over to buy a pair of earrings to match!

Bib or Collar Necklaces – Again, mass is key. There's nothing small about these Cleopatra style necklaces that take the cake when it comes to making an impact. Worn by celebs like Eva Mendes and Cate Blanchett, these necklaces look great when encrusted in rhinestones.

Layered Necklaces – Last season, it was all about layered knit separates, but for the up and coming seasons, there's more of a focus on layering necklaces of varying length. Grab a long pendant necklace, throw on a favorite charm necklace and mix in several strands of chains or beads for a unique look that will complete any outfit.

Aug 6, 2009

The Best Jewelry to Give as Gifts

It's never too early to start shopping for Christmas or the next up-and-coming birthday or holiday. This year consumers are more price conscious than ever as they look for ways to spend less and get more. We've got some great ideas for giving a gift that every woman loves – jewelry – without breaking the bank.

CZ Jewelry – Cubic Zirconia, or Cubic Zirconia Jewelry comes in a variety of settings, styles and designs. A top seller for special events like prom or wedding, CZ jewelry packs a lot of sparkle and glamour for a lot less than the real thing. Best of all, it's inevitably difficult to tell the difference between these synthetic crystals and diamonds. The great thing about CZ jewelry is that is offers a clarity that cannot be paralleled. In addition, you can get it in just about any color of the rainbow. For a heartfelt gift, consider giving CZ jewelry in the color of her birthstone or favorite color.

Sterling Silver Jewelry – With the price of gold going through the roof, many are turning to sterling silver jewelry as a feasible alternative. Sterling silver jewelry is beautiful and classic, so you can be sure she's get her wear out of these versatile pieces. For a gift that speaks to the heart, choose a charm necklace or bracelet adorned with symbols of her favorite activities, such as shopping, nature, sports or other treats. If you love the idea of personalization, sterling silver jewelry is absolutely the way to go. Get that special someone a necklace personalized with initials, an inspirational quote or a private message.

Jewelry Sets – If you're looking to get the most bang for you buck, jewelry sets make a great gift. These dazzlers are versatile because they can be worn in a jewelry set or separately as individual pieces. If you're looking for special occasion jewelry, then jewelry sets are ideal. Choose from pearls, crystals or gold or silver tone. You don't have to spend a lot to look great in a jewelry set.