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Thursday, November 5, 2015

How to wear real jewelry everyday

How to wear real jewelry everyday

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The 6 most famous pieces of jewelry

November is National Real Jewelry Month so I thought it would be good to kick it off with a post dedicated to some of the most famous pieces of jewelry.
engagement ring
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing her engagement ring
Princess Diana's engagement ring, given to her by Prince Charles is a large sapphire surrounded by diamonds. It was given to Kate Middleton (now the Duchess of Cambridge) when Prince William proposed.

leopard bracelet
Another famous bauble belonging to a British royal is this leopard bracelet that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor.
la peregrina
Everyone knows that Elizabeth Taylor was obsessed with jewelry. This pearl, ruby and diamond necklace contains a pear-shaped pearl that was discovered in the 16th century. Designed by Elizabeth Taylor with the help of Al Durante of Cartier, this piece was another gift from Richard Burton on January 23, 1969. But how did Taylor get her hands on a 16th century pearl? Originally found in the early 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, it became part of the crown jewels of Spain. From there it was given as wedding gift from Prince Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor of England. It was then passed down to Spanish queens Margarita and Isabella. But it wasn't until 1969 that Burton famously purchased the pearl—for a relative steal at just $37,000—for Taylor. Christie's estimated the necklace's worth at $2 million to $3 million.

Empress Eugenie
The Louvre paid almost $11 million dollars for this piece! Empress Eugenie's bow brooch is a sensational antique diamond piece made in 1855. Originally intended to be a buckle for a diamond belt—you know, something simple—Eugenie wound up asking her jewelers to make it more elaborate and into a brooch!
Designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. the stars and moon necklace is gorgeous. The center diamond is an impressive 5.29 carats and has 586 diamonds set in platinum surrounding it. The total carat count for the necklace is 127.86. And you can purchase it for $2.8 million from Tiffany.

tiffany diamond

Found in South Africa in 1877, Tiffany & Co.'s iconic 128 carat yellow diamond is on permanent display in the company's Fifth Avenue store in NYC. But Audrey Hepburn briefly wore the staggering gem in publicity photos for Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ankle strap flats

ballet flats

These easy to wear shoes are my favorite thing ever since the strap really adds a little something to the boring ballet flat. Best to wear them while you still can before it get too cold!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween Costume: the Chanels

scream queens

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am all about creating costumes from items you already have/will wear again in everyday life. This year I am also obsesses with the new horror/comedy Scream Queens, and the baddest sorority clique ever, The Chanels.

The group wears primarily pastels, making the look easy to achieve. Chanel Oberlin, the leader, is known for her big dark sunglasses. Another main point which is really fun is the outrageous furs the girls wear. Chanel #3 wears earmuffs while #5 routinely wears pearls. The outfits are always fashion forward with extremely girly details like florals and frills. Happy Halloween Scream Queens!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Are you a fashion chameleon?

Lately (really since moving to the city) I've noticed that I've become a fashion chameleon of sorts. Well all know that chameleons adapt to their surroundings by changing colors as a way of camouflage. Just as some people use fashion and dress as a way of standing out, a fashion chameleon uses it as a way to fit in. Its more than just adapting to the seasons or even dressing for different occasions. For me, I noticed that I was following others and adapting my style to fit in with different groups I interacted with to the point where I wonder if I even have a definitive style of my own. Perhaps this is normal, and style should be seen as more of a bricolage many different styles. Some of my own style groups can be seen below.

Intern- Definitely an understated chic filled with flat slip on sandals and denim minis.

Class- Class time was definitely about dressing to impress. Filled with labels (or the very least Zara knockoffs).

Work- Lots of trendy pieces like platform sandals while still complying with the dress code.

Do you see yourself as a fashion chameleon? Leave a comment below!

Monday, July 20, 2015

How to make your shoes more comfortable

Nothing is worse than having a pair of shoes that love but are a pain to wear. Here are some tips to make your shoes more comfortable so you can walk and stand for as long as you want.

  1. For heels that are super high, your weight is obviously forced to ball of your foot. Some padding in the front of the shoes should provide relief.

  2. If there is a little too much room in the back of your shoes, then add a little but of cushion to the heel.
  3. If the back of the shoe is rubbing against your Achilles, add some cushion to the back to raise your heel.
  4. Another trick for heel is to to tape together your two middle toes. This provides a little extra stability on your feet. You can use a bandaid or medical tape.
  5. To prevent blisters from forming use extra protection all over your feet or where you are most prone to blisters. You can find it wherever you find running gear.

Of course lower heels, wedges, and block heels will give you more stability and comfort. Check out some great comfortable shoes for summer time below!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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