Accessories

Monday, February 6th 2012

Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Her

As Valentine’s Day approaches, thousands of men around the world fall into a collective panic, and women end up with stale chocolates and large, red stuffed animals. Fellas, earn some serious points this year and get her something sweetly unexpected.

Jewelry is a go-to gift for a reason, women love it. The hidden message in a Vanessa Gade necklace is an understated show of affection and perfect for a first Valentine’s together. For couples with a few more years under their belt, a luxurious gold Nixon watch is classic, shiny, and a guaranteed pleaser. But to really set the bar high (and perhaps make up for last year’s last-minute gas station gift), give her a romantic beach towel wrapped up with two tickets to a tropical destination.

--Libby S.

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P.S. Ladies, I know you’re the ones reading this. I might suggest conveniently leaving this page open on your guy’s computer, or forget subtlety and just email him the link or share this post on his Facebook wall.

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Fashion to Feel Good About: Falling Whistles x DANNIJO

Known for their statement-making jewelry, DANNIJO has quickly become a go-to fashion favorite, and their collaboration with nonprofit Falling Whistles is only natural considering the sisters’ roots in philanthropic design. Prior to the launch of DANNIJO, designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder created a collection for Live With A Lifelong Ambition to support grassroots initiatives for change in Africa. 

Using Falling Whistle’s signature symbol, DANNIJO added chains, crystals, and beads culminating in pieces inspired by the idea of “peaceful warriors.” Worn close to the heart, the whistles are meant to provoke conversations about the terrifying truth of child soldiers in the DRC. Tasteful and sophisticated, each piece is wrapped with hope for a peaceful Congo.  

--Libby S.

For more information on Falling Whistles, check out this video.

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Spring Jewelry Preview: Natural Beauty

My Grandma has regaled me with tales from her adventures in agate hunting since I was a little girl. From washed-up treasure to angry black bears, she’s seen it all. So it’s no surprise that I am thrilled with the influx of natural stone jewelry this season. While impossible to pick a favorite, three brands stand out as true masters of these earthly delights.

Vita New York
Designers Wayne Anderson and Shauna Hull take an already striking natural agate, and elevate it to a new level of luxury with exotic skins and glowing 22k gold plating. Making “jewelry for your way of life,” the duo creates bold pieces destined to be well-worn favorites. Wear one of their trademarked wrist belts and a flowing bohemian dress for an air of easy elegance.

Adina Mills Design
The beauty of a raw stone radiates in these part-jewelry, part-sculpture designs.  Cubist pyrite and peaks of amethyst showcase the unique organic aesthetic of the namesake designer. A major statement piece, pair one of her handmade designs with a cocktail dress and prepare for a wealth of compliments.

Charles Albert
Charles Albert and Beth Marciel-Albert create one-of-a-kind pieces with brilliant dyed and natural agates for this Florida-based line. Their jewelry is inspired by nature and the uniqueness of the stones. A one-shoulder silhouette provides the oversized rings and glossy cuffs with the spotlight they deserve. 

--Libby S.

Friday, January 6th 2012

Day-Glo Details

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The dark days of winter have met their match with an exploding selection of neon accessories. With booties and bracelets in blues, pinks, and greens, this bright trend is going strong.  

Rocking an ensemble of head-to-toe brights runs the risk of looking a bit, well, radioactive. Keep the balance by adding a brilliant accessory to a neutral outfit in a classic silhouette. A neon pink Michael Kors satchel, a fluoro lime Marc by Marc Jacobs belt, or a bold coral Kenneth Jay Lane necklace are just begging to raise a demure look to new levels of illumination.

--Libby S.

 

Tuesday, September 6th 2011

Serpentine Style: A Historical Look at Snake Jewelry

Lately I’ve been drawn to unique and conversation-starting jewelry, and this season has no shortage of options. After lusting after snake-print products year after year, it’s no surprise my favored motif has slithering style. Women have been harnessing the power of the serpent for thousands of years. Ancient Romans, Egyptians, and Victorians all ornamented themselves with reptile representations.

The coiled snake, like in these Belle Noel necklaces and Jennifer Zeuner bracelets, symbolized immortality to the Ancient Romans, and Egyptian royalty like Cleopatra favored golden asps (she might have donned these Haute Hippie bracelets). Influenced by the baubles of the ancient world, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with an engagement ring featuring a serpent with a head of emerald, a sweet symbol in a scale-y style.

More than just a spiraling sparkler, snake jewelry evokes years of symbolism and culture. Try on a piece and know that history has never been so stylish.

--Libby S.

Monday, August 15th 2011

One of a Kind: How to Wear Single Earrings

From one-shoulder dresses to unevenly cut hems, fashion has found there’s beauty in asymmetry. And lately, jewelry designers seem to agree, breaking out of the matching-earring mindset and creating mix-and-match styles that feel a little more fun. Two ways to wear the look:

Single Earrings
Jacquie Aiche and Vanessa Mooney offer shoulder-grazing single earrings that look boho-beautiful in loose, wavy tresses. Give your favorite maxi dress an update for the end of summer with one of their feather creations. Or take the edgy route and wear an architectural earring by Bliss Lau–and do it proper justice by pulling your hair back.

Asymmetrical Sets
Mix and match your own earrings for a look that’s entirely personal. Or if you prefer to keep the mismatching to the pros, try an asymmetrical earring set by Bing Bang jewelry–the brand makes tiny studs and oversized dangle earrings feel perfectly suited to each other.

--Tonya

Thursday, August 11th 2011

Fall Trend: Patterned Bags

Vanessa Bruno interpreted her signature tote in a psychedelic print. Rebecca Minkoff went on safari. And BE & D looked to leopard. Print bags are making waves this season, and no pattern or texture is off limits. Wayuu Taya Foundation to JADEtribe, M Missoni to DVF, everyone’s getting in on this story. “This fall we’re seeing lots of texture, prints, and patterns in bags,” says Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch. “Whether it’s a pony bag in a leopard print or a neo-native fabric carryall, there was a lot of novelty out there.”

But a busy pattern can be hard to dress for. Kate’s advice? “Keep your apparel minimal and monochromatic,” she says. “Updated classics in earth tones create a nice balance and make the bag really stand out.”

--Amie

Friday, July 22nd 2011

On the Edge of Pretty: Introducing FELIKS+ADRIK, Assad Mounser & Mima Jewelry

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Sparkling jewels, tennis bracelets, add-a-pearl necklaces. Who needs them? This season, jewelry brands are taking the prim out of accessorizing, toughening up their baubles with rough-edged stones, pointed spikes, and gnarled metal, without sacrificing the pretty.

Meet three Shopbop newcomers leading the pack:

FELIKS+ADRIK
Named after the Russian words for “lucky” and “dark,” FELIKS+ADRIK jewelry has a masculine tone with a playful spirit. The brand began in New York in 2010 as a collection of jewelry pieces both bold and elegant, and the fall 2011 collection presents a rough-hewn take on delicate metals and chains.

Assad Mounser
Inspired by the stars of the glam rock movement, Assad Mounser jewelry designer Amanda Assad Mounser weaves bullet-like spikes with luxe fringe in her latest collection. Statement-making without stepping over the top, each piece is a unique, treasured find.

Mima
The bohemian of our bunch, Mima by Marimerce Santiago is inspired by the designer’s religious beliefs and globetrotting lifestyle. Marimerce uses local artisans from her native Puerto Rico and other corners of the world to design pieces both elegant and significant in meaning. This season sees gothic barbwire and skulls mingling with natural stones and her signature macramé.

--Amie

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Feather Accessories

Summer, a season of maxi dresses and music festivals, calls for a lighter-hearted, more experimental approach to fashion. Usually shy, I am galvanized by these sweet and fleeting days. A fair-weather bohemian, I’ve become a girl who wears hot pink J Brand cut-offs and feathers in her hair.

Feathers are the season’s leitmotif. The perfect blend of boho, ’70s glam, and ethnic influences, they make a surprisingly adaptable statement. Serefina Jewelry and Adia Kibur have glamorous/hippie lines based around luxurious real feathers, while Monserat de Lucca and Alkemie Jewelry put a polished interpretation on the avian theme with shimmering metals and rhinestones. Strong statements on their own, feathers make an intriguing layering piece—wear them layered with leather jewelry, contrasting with chains, or mix and match natural and metal feathers for a pleasing play of texture and tone.

--Rebecca

Thursday, June 30th 2011

Le Geek, C’est Chic: Bold Frames are Fashion Favorites

Elizabeth and James just launched their cool-girl spectacles, Super Sunglasses has the Ciccio frame in seemingly endless colorways, and even t-shirt label LNA Los Angeles did an ’80s-inspired iteration. Geek-chic fashion glasses are a big story this season, and they’re showing up on everyone from Chloë Sevigny to Alexa Chung, Anne Hathaway to Kirsten Dunst. The Man Repeller Leandra Medine has dubbed them BCGs (Birth Control Glasses), and French blogger Pandora has made a signature of her big specs and blunt bangs.

It can be a tough trend to pull off, but can give a look that little something extra it needs. Will you try it? And, the bigger question, will we look back at pictures of ourselves ten years from now and wonder what we were thinking?

--Amie

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