Archive for December, 2010

Good for you Gold?

December 16, 2010

Apparently gold facials have gone mainstream. Who knew? Equinox spas are now offering signature treatments containing 24-karat gold flakes said to ‘moisturize, hydrate and reduce signs of aging’. I dug around a bit and found that the idea is far from new. Cleopatra herself was said to sleep wearing a gold mask, and ancient Chinese empresses had gold rollers for facial massage.

Gold flakes have been put in consumer products ranging from liquor to paint to desserts–mostly for aesthetic value. But it’s interesting to think about whether it can have a healing effect on the human body. (Totally reserving my judgement on this ridiculous product that might, however, make you laugh.)

I will say that certain gold accessories can automatically put me in a great mood (like this, this and this); maybe that’s enough?

 

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year?

December 9, 2010

Presenting: Honeysuckle! This is Pantone’s annual color of the year choice, just in time for your holiday sale shopping. This warm rose color is admittedly feminine, but in my opinion the pretty pink is strong enough to avoid the much-dreaded pastel label. Plus, I love a man in a pink shirt or tie!

Want to get in on the trend early? We totally endorse the gorgeous patent Chanel bag below in nearly the exact shade.

Diamonds & Lace

December 2, 2010

Lately all the young starlets have been taking to the red carpet in peek-a-boo black lace dresses. Just in the past couple of weeks, Emma Watson stepped out in Rafael Lopez, Taylor Swift chose Jenny Packham and Kirsten Dunst wore just-off-the-runway Valentino. It’s interesting to see just how different these similar fabrics can look—Emma is sexy and sassy, Taylor is black-tie-ready, and Kirsten’s choice could go from day to night.

One thing that could tie all of these dresses together? A great pair of diamond earrings. Since lace is so intricate, I would choose a retro button or vintage style that doesn’t take away from the details of the dress. Check out our favorites below:

LEO PIZZO Diamond Earrings

Platinum Vintage Art Deco 1940’s 9 ctw European-Cut Diamond Clip-On Earrings

Platinum Art Deco 1920’s 2.50 ctw European-Cut Diamond Disc Earrings

Platinum & 14k Yellow Gold Art Deco 1940’s Pave European-Cut Diamond Ball Stud Earrings

 

Stack ‘em Up

December 1, 2010

Alright, I admit that the first thing that caught my eye on this month’s issue of Australian GQ was True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten. But then I immediately turned to the unnamed woman’s arm and her mix-and-match stack of bangles. I love the combination of white and gold metal, all accentuated with a bit of diamond bling. Plus, the different shapes and sizes give the stack a really fresh look that somehow feels at once vintage and contemporary.

If you go for a similar pileup, make sure you stay extra simple on the rest of your accessories. All you’ll need is an understated pair of diamond studs to finish the ensemble. Check out our favorite bracelets to start your own collection:

JEWEL OF OCEAN 18K White Gold Diamond Bracelet


Handcrafted Sterling Silver & Gold 6.50 ctw Rose-Cut Diamond Hinged Bangle Bracelet

WEINGRILL Vintage 18K Yellow Gold Coral Diamond Bracelet

JEWEL OF OCEAN 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Tennis Bracelet

 

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