All crystals are created equal, right? Wrong. At least, that’s what I found out after a little digging. But how can you tell the difference between a pretty glass bead and, say, a stunning Swarovski crystal? Just look for these three simple characteristics.


Shape & Appearance: All beads should be a uniform shape with the same number of facets, regardless of size.

Color: The shade of each bead is around 99.8% accurate. Meaning? They should all appear to be the same exact color, inside and out.

Logo: Look for the little swan. Since 1989, all Swarovski crystals and jewelry feature this recognizable logo.

Our Swarovski Boutique opens Sunday, October 27, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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October 27, 2013

Ring size is important. Whether it’s the big-day diamond or a flashy cocktail number, no one wants their ring falling off – or, even worse, cutting off finger circulation. To make sure your ring fits properly, read up on these sizing tips.

How a Ring Should Fit

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October 21, 2013

Their beauty is obvious. The words used to grade them, though? Not so straightforward. Enter: A quick rundown on diamond terminology (also called "The 4 Cs"). Because, armed with the right info, you’re set to snag your dream ice.


Diamond Glossary

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October 21, 2013

PANDORA is well-known for its personalized, customizable charm bracelets. But you may not know that this admired item started over 30 years ago, halfway across the globe. From an intern’s big idea to its 100th store, take a peek into the evolution of this brand’s timeless treasures.


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October 17, 2013

Come winter, your shoe rack could use some updating. So move those sandals to the back row, and keep these tips in mind for filling the coveted front slots:



Winterize, winterize, winterize.
Salted sidewalks. Slushy puddles. Snowbanks. It’s almost like Mother Nature is out to ruin your shoes come winter, so protecting your kicks should be first on your to-do list. But fret not, from at-home cleaners to professional products, it’s easy to keep your suede and leather styles in tip-top condition.

Avoid Smooth Soles.
Believe it or not, rubber-grip soles are in – and not just on snow boots. From oxfords to heels, this trend is a winter lifesaver. Those treacherous ice patches can be tough to maneuver in smooth leather soles.

Go for Chunky Heels.
This winter, keep heels stacked and strong. Not only are they seriously on-trend, they also provide extra stability on slick sidewalks.

Our Donald J Pliner Boutique opens Friday, October 11, at 11AM ET.

By Regan Templeton, Staff Writer

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October 11, 2013

Gathering the right accessories can be the trickiest part of pulling together a work ensemble. But fret not. These three classic, work-appropriate add-ons make professional accessorizing easy. So now you can focus on more important things in the morning, like getting coffee.


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October 3, 2013

Fact: no one likes being cold, so come winter, layering on the insulation is key. Whether you’re jumping out of a helicopter on a snowboard, cross-country skiing, or simply schlepping to work during a snowy commute, Mountain Hardwear’s gear has the technology to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. Just check out some of its innovative fabrics and fillings below.


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September 19, 2013

While the bubble necklace continues to headline accessory trends season after season, it’s time to make way for a new eye-catching statement: chain-link jewelry. The classic design has made a major resurgence this year, topping off both sophisticated outfits and edgier hip-hop-inspired ensembles (think Miley Cyrus). When rocking this versatile accessory, just keep in mind these three easy tips:


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September 5, 2013

Who doesn’t love a good statement necklace? Answer: no one. But big baubles aren’t the only way to dress up your tops. Just check out the jazzed-up necklines below.

BLG-1697 Boutique Support Kay Unger

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August 27, 2013

Arm candy. Bangle bundles. No matter what you call it, throwing on as many bangles as your wrist can handle is officially an art form. Here’s how to perfect it (no paintbrushes required):


  1. Choose a wide statement bangle as your stack’s focal point. It’ll also help anchor the rest of your bangles so they don’t slip off.
  2. Mix metals and bangle sizes. Pile on four or five gold styles, then add a few gemstone bangles in silver or rosé.
  3. Keep it all in the family – with gemstone color, that is. Stick to similar hues or shades that complement one another, like the stack above full of cool blues and purples.

Our IPPOLITA Boutique opens Tuesday, August 27, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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August 27, 2013