Summer Trend: Safari-Inspired

I haven’t seen the safari trend covered much by the fashion media yet this season but it’s definitely one of my favorites. To me, this trend is the cousin of the military theme that was so hot this spring.

Right now Charlotte Russe has some really great safari pieces; khaki and olive drab garments, bold beaded jewelry and animal prints are the order of the day. I particularly love the khaki Belted Safari Dress because it’s chic and leaves endless possibilities for accessorizing. I actually think I’d wear it with the Colorblock Seed Bead necklace (below), a large black tote and some black strappy sandals.

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)

Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)

Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)

Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

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Jewelry Spotlight: Cocktail Rings

I was recently on HSN.com and saw some fabulous cocktail rings. Big, bright, bold–and absolutely perfect for spring. I really love wearing a ring like this on my index finger. In the April issue of InStyle, Rachel Zoe gave her stamp of approval for wearing large rings on “your talking finger.”

Technibond® Wood-Like Resin and CZ Swirl Ring ($49.99, HSN)Glow by Sheila Fajl Textured Dome Statement Ring ($29.95, HSN)Glow by Sheila Fajl Chrysanthemum Oval Stone Ring ($37.50, HSN)IMAN Global Chic IMAN Global Chic Shimmer & Shine Colorful Crystals Leaf Ring ($39.95, HSN)

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David Yurman Designer Jewelry: Splurge vs. Steal

When it comes to designer jewelry, David Yurman is always a name I keep coming back to. His designs are just exquisite. One of my favorite parts of his collection are his colored-stone pendants. They are available in almost every color you can think of but my personal favorite is the minty green.

Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to break the bank in order to enjoy the beautiful look of a David Yurman-esque colored stone surrounded by diamonds. Take a guess at how much the pendant from Overstock–which includes diamonds–costs. Big difference! If you really want to get the David Yurman look down to a t, put the look-a-like pendant onto a box chain.

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus) 10k Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus)

10K Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

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Kara Ross: Jewelry By Numbers

Kara By Kara Ross Roman Numeral and Cog Charm Necklace ($230, Bloomingdales)

Kara By Kara Ross Roman Numeral and Cog Charm Necklace ($230, Bloomingdales)

Numbers. They can represent the number of days to a project deadline. Or the time. Or a price. Whatever the context, they help us to stay organized. Who knew that something so functional can be turned into a fashion statement?

Designer Kara Ross has shown that doing so is entirely possible. Her ‘Roman Numeral and Cog’ Necklace brilliantly combines simple gold chains with with chunky Roman numeral charms. It’s impossible to not be drawn to the cascading layers of charms. Read: this is conversation-starter jewelry.

While its truly unique, this necklace is also quite versatile. You can use it to add a dash of glam to a sweater and jeans or to make your button-down shirt and blazer just a tad bit playful.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Apple Jewelry: So Cute You Want to Take a Bite!

Apple Pendant Necklace ($4.80, Forever21) Delicious Apple Earrings ($4.80, Forever21)

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Bringing Back Brooches: Using the Old to Make Things New

My black pea coat and my maroon slouchy beanie are two items that I’ve been wearing nonstop since it got cold. Eventually, I started noticing myself getting a little tired of them, so I decided I needed a way to update them. In this economy, “shopping your closet” is definitely a key skill. But how would I do this? I know zilch about sewing and altering things. My “light bulb” moment happened when I thought of the little box of my great-grandmother’s brooches that I’ve been keeping on my jewelry shelf.

Beret with zebra brooch Pea coat with gold and pearl flower brooch
I really don’t see many people my age wearing brooches these days, but I don’t think that necessarily means that they are outdated and obsolete. My take is that you have to wear them with sharp, young pieces that no one would expect to see a brooch on. I wouldn’t wear a brooch with a cardigan and button down shirt–now that’s a look that screams granny. Aiming for contrasting color combinations, I put a brooch made of silver and crystals on the maroon beret and a gold and pearl one on the pea coat.I love the result and can’t wait to see what other creations I can come up with using old jewelry.

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Alexis Bittar Jewelry

Alexis Bittar 'Dust' Crystal Earrings ($225, Nordstrom)

Recently, I’ve been skipping large statement jewelry and wearing small pieces that are more classic. But every once in a while, I go through phases where I want to rebel and wear something that is big, bright and will definitely attract attention.

If you crave colorful, candy-like jewelry, look no further than Alexis Bittar’s Lucite pieces. In layman’s terms, Lucite is a smooth material that closely resembles both plastic and glass. Using the pieces in the most luscious colors and sprinkling them with crystals, Alexis Bittar makes these yummy little goodies look good enough to eat.

Alexis Bittar Lucite Square Bangle Bracelet ($75, Nordstrom)

Alexis Bittar 'Silver Dust' Lucite Ring ($175, Nordstrom)

Alexis Bittar ‘Dust’ Crystal Earrings ($225, Nordstrom)

Alexis Bittar ‘Silver Dust’ Lucite Ring ($175, Nordstrom)

Alexis Bittar Lucite Square Bangle Bracelet ($75, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Fabric Flower Necklaces

Silk Flowers Necklace ($10.80, Forever21) Silk Flowers Necklace ($10.80, Forever21)

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Must-have: Key Jewelry

Tiffany's Key Collection

Tiffany's Keys Collection

I have been salivating over Tiffany’s exquisite Keys Collection since it was released earlier this year. With silver, gold, platinum and diamond key designs to choose from, I get the biggest adrenaline rush just by looking at them.

Yesterday, I landed upon the Sears’s website. Now, I have to admit, I am not a Sears shopper. I might find myself there if my dad needs a lawn mower..Imagine my surprise when I saw that Sears currently has some pretty nifty key jewelry. Made me reconsider my snotty attitude!

Have a peek at what I thought were the best of the bunch (and also some heart and key pieces that I couldn’t resist including):

Diamond Heart Key Pendant. 10k Yellow Gold ($127.49, Sears) Stylish Two-Tone Clover Top Key Pendant ($169.99, Sears) Diamond and 10K White Gold Key Pendant ($99.99, Sears)
Emerald and Diamond Key Pendant. 10K Yellow Gold ($99.99, Sears) Diamond Heart Key Pendant. 10k White Gold ($59.99, Sears) Diamond Key with Gold Heart Pendant. 10k Yellow and White Gold ($172.99, Sears)

Diamond Heart Key Pendant. 10k Yellow Gold ($127.49, Sears)

Stylish Two-Tone Clover Top Key Pendant ($169.99, Sears)

Diamond and 10K White Gold Key Pendant ($99.99, Sears)

Emerald and Diamond Key Pendant. 10K Yellow Gold ($99.99, Sears)

Diamond Heart Key Pendant. 10k White Gold ($59.99, Sears)

Diamond Key with Gold Heart Pendant. 10k Yellow and White Gold ($172.99, Sears)

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Fall Trend Alert: Bib Necklaces

The new statement necklace has arrived.

Celebration Bib Necklace ($10.80, Forever21)

Floral Felt Bib Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

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