Good as Gold: Temporary Tattoos for Grown-Ups

What combines the nostalgia of temporary tattoos with must-try jewelry trends? Flash tattoos – luminous silver and gold press-on designs ranging from geometric patterns to henna motifs and even palm trees. The trend confidently goes where your jewelry collection can’t, at least not safely: beachside, pool parties, festivals, and wherever showing skin is encouraged.

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Spotted on Coachella-goers (including supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio) and Miami Swim Week runways, this metallic “ink” begs to be experimented with before bronzed summer skin gets covered up by fall’s cozy sweaters. While a metallic feather might grace your bicep or hip, jewelry-inspired designs reminiscent of knuckle rings, dainty anklets, or bib necklaces layer beautifully with your own baubles. Vogue.com Senior Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham says: “It becomes an illusion – the kind of thing where people have to ask, ‘Is that your jewelry or is that a tattoo?’”

Part of the appeal (particularly for commitment-phones) is that the gilded look is gone in a flash. The tats only last four to six days, but if you flaunt them while soaking up rays, don’t be surprised when the tan lines hang around. Just think of them as a memento from your sun-filled adventures.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 29, 2014

Hidden Gems: Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top Pieces for Summer

The best time to beef up that jewelry box? Right now. Our buyers picked a few of their absolute must-have pieces for summer – and they’re all yours for the taking. So heed their expert advice and layer them on. Your collection is practically begging for them anyway.

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1. Bronze Gemstone Necklace
“Statement is in! Grab at least one statement necklace that you can wear anytime.” – Jillian R., Assistant Jewelry Buyer

2. Diamond Bow Pendant
“My favorite piece is the Bow Pendant. It is perfect for stacking and just as sweet on its own!” – Ceire N., Associate Jewelry Buyer

3. Jane Basch Initial Pendant
“The Jane Basch Initial Pendant is a must-have! This personalized piece is a go-to for layering necklaces.” – Elizabeth M., Jewelry Buyer

4. R.J. Graziano Multi-Strand Resin Necklace
“This piece is perfect with a maxi dress or shorts and heels. It can be worn day or night.” – Jillian

5. TOYWATCH Women’s “Plasteramic” Watch
“We love this watch for summer. It gives you the oversized-boyfriend-watch look without being too heavy or overbearing. We’d style it with a maxi dress and a jean jacket with the sleeves rolled up just a bit to show off its bling.” – Elise T., Watch Buyer, & Megan P., Assistant Watch Buyer

6. Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings
“The Argento Vivo Gemstone Drop Earrings are my favorite. The blue chalcedony goes with everything.” – Ceire

7. Rivka Friedman Rolo Toggle Bracelet
“This bracelet is a must-have. It is a classic gold piece, perfect for everyday arm charm. I wear mine all the time!” – Elizabeth

Our Jewelry Buyers’ Top 24 Picks Boutique opens Thursday, June 27, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2013

Get Stacked: 3 Ways to Create Enviable Arm Candy

Whether you’re rocking two or ten pieces on your wrist, there’s really no wrong way to put together an arm party. Personally, I’m a fan of the anything-goes method: stick your hand in the bracelet basket, withdraw a random handful, and stack them on. But different outfits and personalities demand that you have an arsenal of styles to choose from. Here’s how to achieve three of my favorite looks:

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Go Monochrome
If matching is more you, try sticking to one metal and a neutral color scheme for a uniform look. Classic silver and black is a marriage that will never go out of style.

Go Boho
In my book? This means mix, mix, and mix (matching: optional). The more varied your pairings are, the better. Just make sure to include plenty of leather and gems.

Go Rogue
Simply put – rules were made for breaking. Slide on those delicate, special-occasion bangles, followed by (gasp) a men’s watch, a wrap-happy piece, and anything with studs. The goal? Shock and awe.

Our Shining Steals: The Jewelry & Watch Sale opens Saturday, June 15, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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June 15, 2013

Charm School: How to Build a More Personal Gift

Jewelry, for me, is super personal. The pieces with the most meaning are the ones I love the most and never want to take off. So, as Mother’s Day approaches, I got to thinking – why not gift something like that to Mom this year? I’ll still pick up the requisite flowers and compose a heartfelt card, but I’m ready to start a charming new tradition with jewelry that can be built upon for every occasion (birthdays, milestones, or even just because). Here’s how to get started.

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  1. Pick a base. I’m a fan of this blue corded bracelet. (Bonus: it can also be worn as a necklace.) It’s casual enough for everyday wear and adds a nice pop of color. If you prefer to go the earring route, simple gold hoops make for a sophisticated and super-versatile base that packs a lot of punch even without the addition of a charm.
  2. Decide on a theme. Color coordinate. Commemorate your favorite vacations. Create a redefined friendship bracelet and put together the grownup version of those split hearts you and your best friend exchanged and wore around your necks back in the day. Or, just make the jewelry all about things your Mom loves – shout out her star sign, initials, lucky number, or favorite charitable cause.
  3. Choose your charms and get ready to tell a story. That personalized bracelet and eye-catching earrings are guaranteed to be conversation-starters.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens Friday, April 26, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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April 26, 2013

8 Things You May Not Know About Amrita Singh

Immediately recognizable in any ensemble, Amrita Singh‘s Indian-inspired pieces have made quite the mark on the jewelry world. Using vibrant colors and geometric shapes, her designs are more like mini masterpieces than baubles (but you already knew that). What you don’t know? Read on.

  1. Amrita graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
  2. She completed the prestigious two-year executive development program at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
  3. She’s worked with world-renowned designers, like Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix.
  4. She launched her first collection in January 2003.
  5. She has two jewelry lines: her contemporary label and her fine jewelry collection.
  6. She draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create artisanal Indian jewelry and accessories that are both distinctive and timeless.
  7. Her jewelry fuses old-world aesthetics with new-world fashion, resulting in breathtakingly unique, wearable works of art.
  8. She was nominated by FGI (Fashion Group International) for the Rising Star Award in the Fine Jewelry Category in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Our Amrita Singh Boutique opens Tuesday, April 9, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 9, 2013

Accessorize with Pantone’s Top Fashion Colors for Spring

From Poppy Red to Monaco Blue, get decked out in the season's hottest hues

The return to bright colors is the best part of spring – besides the warm weather, of course. And thanks to the color authority (also known as Pantone) we have a little easy-to-use guide that’s like our pocket-sized spring-trend guru. But if all-out color isn’t your thing, you can still stay true to your inner fashionista with a statement bauble in the season’s hottest hues. Try out any of these candy-colored pieces with everything from jeans and a tee to an LBD, then sit back and soak up the sartorial praise.

Accessorize with Pantone's Top Fashion Colors for Spring

Our Amrita Singh Boutique opens Sunday, February 3, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 3, 2013

Tastemakers Talk: Best Gifts Given & Received

 

In honor of the holiday season, I asked a few of my favorite tastemakers to share their best holiday gifts (both given and received). Their answers may surprise you.

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CHRISTINA CALDWELL, Online Director, W magazine
“My favorite gifts are always the sentimental ones – my father engraving his vintage Rolex for me, the blanket a friend knitted for the birth of my son, and a very simple gold star necklace from my mom that was the first present my father gave her 35 years ago.”

NEIL BLUMENTHAL, Warby Parker
“Do genetic gifts count? I endowed my teething two-year-old son, Griffin, with a love of Philly-style hard pretzels. Best gift received? Easy. Optimus Prime Transformer when I was eight years old. I’d just seen the animated movie the day before, so I was primed for maximum gift impact.”
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December 21, 2012

Last-Minute Sparkle for Every Lady on the List

Any chances of getting holiday shopping done early this year are long gone – but, fear not. With this artful collection of jewelry on hand (from a necklace for Mom to a sparkly cocktail ring for your sister) every woman on your list is covered.

Choose from conversation-starting bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, and pendants, and you’ll see why last-minute shopping is not only well worth it, but much appreciated (their smiles will say it all). Plus, shipping is guaranteed before Christmas, so you can say goodbye to gift stress altogether.

Our Barbara Bixby Boutique opens Sunday, December 16, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2012

Gifting with Meaning

Sure, we love gifts of luxury. We love thoughtful gifts that speak to a need (finally, a decent coffee machine!). But there’s something about a present that packs an emotional punch. Here are five tips to getting – stylishly – heartfelt for the holidays.

 

1. Time for a photo op. Too often, old pictures end up piled in shoe boxes. Choose a photo that’s curling at the corners and give it the frame it deserves. We’re partial to silver and leather.

2. Charmed, we’re sure.  We’ve long been fans of the charm bracelet, and we’ve fallen hard for gifting PANDORA’s modern bracelets and necklaces. The right charm (say, a baby carriage with a pink or blue accent stone) commemorates a moment perfectly. And there’s nothing like starting someone out with a cord and her first charms.

3. Engrave – to raves. There’s something magical about a gift that carries a personal message (literally). Whether it’s a watch case or the border of a picture frame, adding a quote or even just “XO” and your name takes it to another level.

4.  Get the news. We love giving a newspaper from the day you met, or the day the giftee was born.  For a fun, bonus add-on, pick up a pair of luxe slippers or a chic welcome mat.

5. Make it happen. You have to love a handmade gift. But for those less-crafty types (guilty!), why not handcraft the card? It can be as easy as printing out an iPhone snap of the two of you, pasting it onto a simple notecard, and adding a sweet message with a Sharpie.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens on Saturday, November 24, at 11AM ET.

By Rachel Solomon, Associate Creative Director

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November 24, 2012

Stacks of Style: The Must-Have Ippolita Baubles

The reasons we love Ippolita? They’re pretty much endless. Besides the obviously stunning craftsmanship, each piece is infused with a high-fashion feel, taking inspiration from runway trends and everyday beauty. And the best part is, you’ll have the chance to win a $4,500 shopping spree to stock up on this ultra luxe loot.

So what would we choose if we won? Our eyes are on these three oh-so-perfect styles.

Wonderland
It’s the closest thing we’ve seen to a midnight sky – besides our middle-school trip to the planetarium. Pair with a slinky black dress to add just the right amount of color.

Ippolita Notte
Modern black silver spiked with gold. Does it get any sleeker? Not likely.

Ippolita Rosé
An armful of these bangles brings serious romance to any outfit. Just add candlelight and cue the compliments.

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November 8, 2012