Archive for December, 2009

Poker Face?

December 17, 2009

Our Now or Never Sale today is really special, and if you’re in the market for a totally unique gift for a loved one or yourself, you’re in luck! Designer Rachelle Epstein came upon a collection of antique poker/casino chips and knew that they were the perfect inspiration for one-of-a-kind accessories.

The mother-of-pearl chips are casino chips used around 1900 (before plastics) in European and South American Casinos. Some are from Vichy, France and others are from a casino/spa in Belgium called L’ Etrangier (the Foreigner), supposedly frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald. All of these chips are extremely rare.

The others are clay composite American poker chips also from the 1900’s from different (illegal & legal) clubs used for different versions of poker games. After plastics were invented, these went by the by, and many are very rare including the cupid on a bike and the “kissing” owls.

Plus, all of these pieces have a built-in bonus: They represent getting lucky! FYI: The chips are not fragile but should not be washed with soap and water. All of the jewels are already priced at 50% off retail, but use code NNRE to score an additional 25% OFF at checkout.

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Get the Look: Rihanna

December 8, 2009

Normally, it’s hard to try to copy a style as out-there as Rihanna‘s. From the funky hairstyles to the crazy dress cutouts, she doesn’t usually do downplayed. But then she goes and tones it down while sitting courtside at the Knicks game on Monday night in NYC.

There is nothing I like better than a simple white t-shirt for showing off a great selection of jewelry. Rihanna mixes and matches several yellow gold necklaces (including what looks like two rosaries and a locket among others) with a simple pair of diamond studs.

Don’t be afraid to layer necklaces to make a bold statement. Rihanna makes a smart move by only choosing yellow gold so the look isn’t too busy. Here’s a few options to recreate her style:

KIESELSTEIN-CORD 18k Yellow Gold & Diamond Chain Necklace

M+J SAVITT 18k Yellow Gold Plated Nugget 2-Row Necklace

EWA SOLARSKA 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Pillow Drop Necklace

CARTIER Platinum 1.51 ctw Round Diamond Stud Earrings

Image via JustJared

Piling it On

December 2, 2009

This picture really says it all, folks. When Barbara Walters is competing with Lady Gaga for title of “Most Accessorized”, you know that a trend has really hit its peak. (But before we talk baubles, let me point out that Babs is 80 YEARS OLD. Amazing. This woman must have the fountain of youth bottled!)

Gaga chose to go with a huge crystal brooch and lots of feathers and flowers for her sitdown on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009. Barbara chose an enormous necklace with two strands and a drop along with a huge butterfly belt. This is probably the tamest I’ve ever seen Gaga, and you know what? I like it. She looks like a lady that still has some edge. Barbara, on the other hand, made a mistake in my opinion with the belt and the necklace–the two are competing for our attention.

Want to make your own statement? Here are some standout jewels and accessories that are sure to get you noticed throughout the holiday season:

Iradj Moini Carved Rose Quartz Citrine Rhinestone Ruby Clip On Earrings

ANDY GÖTZ Sterling Silver Chain Necklace

YVES SAINT LAURENT Vintage Fuchsia Ostrich Feather Collar with Ribbon

Angela Caputi Black & Clear Paste Bead & Rhinestone Large Clip-On Drop Earrings