Archive for July, 2010

Style Yourself like a Celebrity: Gorgeous Prom Jewelry for Every Dress

July 15th, 2010

A dress without accessories is like a Christmas tree without ornaments: beautiful but oddly naked. Celebrities and their stylists know that carefully selected accessories can make or break an outfit. Coordinated accoutrements can tie your look together, creating a pleasing “package,” while clashing pieces can distract the eye and throw off your entire look.

While it’s difficult to decide which of the myriad wonderful accessories to wear, you don’t need a celebrity stylist to get it right, as long as you keep the following time-tested tips in mind. And remember: less is more. Wear too many accessories and nothing will get noticed, except the fact that you piled too much on.

Prom Jewelry

The most obvious prom accessory, jewelry, is easy to get right if you consider two things: your hairstyle and your dress. (Personal style counts, too, but only you know what suits you. Choose pieces you’d wear after prom and you won’t go wrong.) Think also of color. Try not to match your dress exactly, but rather choose colors that compliment your ensemble. For example, a green dress will look great with deep blue or black gemstone jewelry. When in doubt, wear diamonds or pearls–they look great with everything! My personal favorites are freshwater pearls. In addition to white, freshwater pearls come in many beautiful pastel colors, like lavender, peach, pink and yellow that complement a variety of fabrics. Freshwater pearls are also surprisingly affordable.

Jewelry and Prom Hairstyle

Your prom hairstyle plays a major role in the type of earrings that work. If your hair is short or will be in an updo, you have tons of great earring options. Pearl, diamond and gemstone studs are always elegant, and have the added bonus of allowing you to choose a bolder necklace. Drop earrings look great too, and are sweetly feminine. If you choose a bolder earring, like a stiletto or chandelier style, keep other jewelry simple. The same goes for hair ornaments.

If your hair is long and you’re wearing it down, you need an earring that can make a statement. Consider big bold gemstones or dangling hoops or a chandelier or stiletto style. (Think Reese Witherspoon, Queen Latifah and Jessica Alba at the Oscars.) Just don’t overdo it by wearing a bold necklace or bracelet. One standout piece of jewelry is sufficient.

Jewelry and Prom Dress…

o Spaghetti straps: You have tons of great jewelry options here, but again, you want to pick subtle jewelry or one standout piece. Consider a wide pearl cuff bracelet and a pearl ring, or pearl, diamond, or gemstone dangle earrings and a diamond or pearl pendant. A bezel set diamond–or CZ–works well with a spaghetti-strapped dress. Just make sure, if you’re wearing a great bracelet, that your date doesn’t get you a wrist corsage.

o Strapless: The majority of prom 2006 dress styles are strapless. That’s good news for jewelry lovers, as your prom necklace can really stand out. Choose something short to accent your collarbones like a princess length pearl strand or a diamond or pearl pendant. Don’t wear a necklace that comes to the top of the bodice; you don’t want the fabric and the jewelry to compete. If the necklace you choose is simple, consider adding bold earrings or a bracelet for added pizzazz.

o Cap- or short-sleeved: Play up your arms and balance out the dress’ sleeves with tons of thin stackable bracelets (I love wood, shell and enamel, but not all together, of course). Pick a simple necklace and earrings, or go without. If bangles drive you nuts while you dance, skip them and choose a wide cuff instead.

o High-necked: Lose the necklace (it’ll compete) and instead pair a high necked dress with a simple pair of earrings and an elegant bracelet in the same stone. Or stack several bracelets in lieu of a wrist corsage. Remember to choose a piece that won’t compete with the bold neckline of this dress. Shoulder-grazing earrings are an option here if they suit the dress’s style. They’ll be dramatic and sophisticated for sure!

o Square-necked: A square-necked dress is the best setting to show off a beautiful necklace. Borrow Mom’s pearls or Grandma’s diamond pendant, buy freshwater pearls in a color that complements your dress, or choose a bold gemstone piece if the dress is jewel toned. Play it up here, but keep other prom accessories simple.

o V-necked: Matching necklace and earrings can pull your look together very well, as the V draws attention to your face and collarbones. For no-brainer options, choose a pearl set or a simple bezel-set diamond pendant and stud earrings.

o Plunging: Consider pinning a vintage brooch at the bottom of the plunge, or adorning yourself with a pearl choker, diamond collar or a plain ribbon. Don’t wear a longer necklace as it’ll detract from the plunge. Keep earrings simple.

o Simple: Lucky you! A simple prom dress such as a sheath, allows you to get a lot funkier with your accessories. The layered look is still hot, so consider piling on a few long gold chains with shorter pearl necklaces, or pearl-and-chain combos. A sparkly diamond cuff, a la Hilary Swank at the Oscars, (go faux!) always looks chic. Remember that you’ll be dancing, so no extra long pearl ropes as you’ll risk whipping your fellow prom goers.

o Ornate: An ornate dress is a work of art. Depending on the style and level of detail, you may want to choose a simple piece of jewelry, such as a diamond pendant, pearl necklace, simple gold chain or pearl, diamond or gold studs. Stay away from glittery jewelry that will compete with the dress. If the neckline is high and bejeweled, opt out of jewelry entirely and consider pinning something sparkly in your hair instead. A bold, chunky cocktail ring can work wonders here too.

o Vintage: Make it modern with multiple strands or stacks of bangle bracelets or layered necklaces. I like a few shorter gold pieces layered with gold and pearl chains. But don’t go overboard: a dress that makes a statement should not be overwhelmed with jewelry. Depending on the dress, a beautiful pearl strand tied with ribbon or a simple pair of diamond studs can work too.

Remember, all top stylists worth their salt know that, when it comes to accessories, it’s best to stick with pieces that won’t overwhelm your look. The most important tip? Have a blast and keep in mind that getting ready for prom is almost always the best part, so savor every moment!

Fashion For Women – How to Adopt the Trends

July 14th, 2010

Fashion of women is symbol of femininity. So, the dress should be tailored well and made of good texture. If you feel good in the dress you are wearing, you look good in it for sure. For the dresses of 2010, nothing special is changed drastically in fashion. Some styles are being repeated and others have some modification.

The trend for the women in 2010 would be over-the-knee boots or thigh high boots. Ladder stocking would be used as substitute to above trends. These boots and stockings will look good only with short skirts. So the miniskirts would also be in fashion. For the chick look of women, caps and leather clothing are being considered again. They had been out of fashion for many years but are getting back as the fashion symbol. Another entry into the fashion 2010 is the female dandy. It includes high collars, ruffles and bow blouses, waist coats and tailored vest, fob chains, tail coats and high wasted jodhpurs.

Women clothing suppliers are also contributing to the fashion of 2010. They have accompanied for the shouldered dresses and tops. It is good to wear a spaghetti strap before putting on blouse. If we talk about the colors, the Mariana Blue is at the top of the list. Designers, on the other hand, are using palette colors like orange and yellow.

If we talk about the fashion trends, we cannot skip to talk about the bags. The trend of oversized day bags has changed. It is good news, for the women who are tires of oversized say bags that the small day bags trend is back. With its convertible shoulder straps, the small day bag goes anywhere whether you are in the day business or in a night party. The jewelry trend for 2010 has also changed. Thin girlie dainty jewelry is out now. Big jewelry is in trend in 2010 which includes big pendants like skulls, crosses and vampire.

Biker boots are in fashion this year. T go perfectly with them you need the right jeans or leggings. The relaxed fit jeans or any other style of black legging will be look good with biker boots for 2010. Full skirts are out of fashion now and bandage skirts are getting fame as the hot style for 2010. To pull the look you should wear a fitted tank top and a belt. Fitted tee-skirts give very good look to many women so they are not out of fashion. The long slouchy cotton tees will be in trend. A scoop neck, if on a slouch cotton tee, looks great and is very comfortable. Floor length dresses are no more in fashion this year. You will see a trend towards dressy floor length jumpsuits.

Shopping at Home and Away

July 13th, 2010

Fashion and shopping like ying and yang embrace each other as equal opposites that so eloquently complement each other. And, like fashion and shopping, the art and mix of clicks and mortar defines an equally interesting blend of new shopping skills. So, while you crave the latest cute dress, a luxury item from your local boutique or perhaps an exquisite jewelry piece from a far-away place, well, guess what? You have the ability to shop both home and away; how did we get to be this lucky?

Park Cities Fashionistas now have a new boutique to add to their Snider Plaza shopping journey. Melanie Gayle is the latest chic-shop to graciously open its oh-so-very-stylish doors in this local neighborhood. Melanie Ramon, owner and fashionable Dallasite opened Melanie Gayle last month with a fabulous selection of labels and hot new dress lines such as Voom – an innovative designer creating a new genre of style “Twisted Vintage”, Despi – inspired by the ethnic mix of Brazil, Africa and Europe, and Tricia Fix a collection of red-carpet style dresses coveted by celebrity fans such as Jessica Simpson, Eva Longoria and Jamie-Lynn Siegler. Additional labels include Lewis Cho, Meghan, Super Lucky Cat, and accessories and jewelry from Tom Ford Sunglasses, Chrome Angel Candles, and local jewelry designer Amanda Sterett.

At Paper and Chocolate the sweetest of sentiments can be found at this enchanting boutique on Lovers Lane, the latest addition at Inwood Village. Vicki Petersen, owner of Paper and Chocolate inspires us to appreciate the art of celebration by indulging in personalized stationary, award-winning truffles and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. The experts at Paper and Chocolate will help you create a one-of-a-kind presentation for every event, from weddings to baby showers, birthday parties to anniversaries. And, help you translate your style into personalized stationary, gifts, picture albums, party favors and programs for special events. “I want my clients to enjoy the act of giving,” says Petersen. “From a lovely shopping experience in the boutique, to being proud of their final presentation, my hope is that every moment is celebrated.” So, if you have that special event or that special someone that requires that something special, make sure you visit Paper and Chocolate and indulge.

Tasteful, exquisite, edgy and unique is how you can describe Nomad Eye, an online boutique that carries a selection of hand picked designers showcasing a collection of timeless, artistic, yet sophisticated styles. Nomad Eye launched in 2006 by people who like to go from place to place gathering unique pieces from talented artists. The designers selected are chosen based on their style, passion and personal experience for their art-craft rather than following trends. Ester Ventura a South American native, born in Argentina who resides in Peru, characterizes her jewelry style from the deep mystical vision of the Pre-Columbian world. Ann Dannon creates contemporary jewelry with a classical twist using a mix of silver, gold and semi-precious stones. Knitwear designer Giuliana Testino, sibling to the famous photographer Mario, creates an exquisite wearable collection that forms itself as a second skin. Each garment has its own identity and unrepeatable essence. If you are looking for fresh, talented artistic designers that offer unique, timeless pieces then visit these collections at Nomad Eye. Precious finds are available at this edgy online boutique!