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The Art of Jewelry I

When do you consider jewelry to be a piece of art? Does it have to stand out? Make a statement? Catch every passerby’s attention? When I wear a piece of jewelry I would like it to do all of the above. Sometimes, I’m not so brave. But, I’m about to change that. I will now be on the lookout for those special pieces. Here are a few that have made the cut. Most are designer and are out of my price range, but I can sure use them as inspiration. Which one is your fave?







Stella & Dot Giveaway!

Have you ever styled an entire outfit around your jewelry? No? You will once you’ve set your eyes on the glorious boutique style pieces from Stella & Dot. If you’ve heard of Stella & Dot, then you know their reputation for on trend designs, timeless creations, and amazing personal service.

“Stella & Dot is a company inspired by and created for strong women- just like you.”

Kacie Keenan, a Stella & Dot Stylist, wants to give you an opportunity to own a Stella & Dot design. That’s why she’s giving you a chance to win a $25 jewelry credit! Just look at a few of the pieces below from their Fall/Winter Collection.

The Adrienne Mixed Chain Necklace or Fringe Hoop earrings could be yours! These are such versatile pieces, dress them up or dress them down. You really can’t go wrong. The Anastasia Brooch has me drooling over here!

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Not only is Kacie giving you a chance to win the $25 credit, but she’s also giving any Los Angeles or Orange County resident an opportunity to host a Stella & Dot trunk show at your home. You could receive $100s in free jewelry! And if you book a trunk show with her in September, October, or November, you will receive a free bracelet ($29 value) added to your hostess order. Go to her web site now for more information.

How to enter:

  • Click here and go to Kacie’s Stella & Dot web site and leave a comment telling us which piece you love from their Fall/Winter Collection. Please leave a valid email address or twitter i.d.
  • For an extra entry tweet the following “Completing my Fall/Winter look with the #StellaandDot and #CurvesandChaos Giveaway! http://bit.ly/9Nw9IA” . Please make sure to leave a comment with the tweet, or it will not be counted.

Rules:

  • Contest is only open to U.S. residents.
  • This credit is only valid with Stella & Dot Stylist Kacie Keenan.
  • You must be 18-years-old or older to enter.
  • Winner will be chosen at random using Random.Org.
  • Ends 9/26/10.

**Read my disclosure policy here.

**Contest Closed**

Jewelery Takes Shape


I couldn’t help but notice the recent trend of geometric shaped jewelry. It’s a style anyone can wear and it could liven up the most toned down outfit, if you’d let it. I love the clean lines and simplicity of it all. Personally, I’d really like the Marc By Marc Jacobs bracelets. Just sayin’.

What do you think? Would you wear any of these pieces?

Style & Designer: Michael Kors

If you asked me to choose my favorite designer for clothes, accessories, and shoes; I would have to give it to this genius-Michael Kors. I am in LOVE with almost everything he designs.

His creations are modern, yet very chic. Nothing is an overstatement. Just the way I like it. And you know his pieces will carry from season to season.

Kors began his fashion career at 19 and has not looked back! He not only designs woman’s fashion, accessories, and shoes- he also has his own fragrance line. In case you’re wondering Macy’s carries his plus-size pieces. And yes, I love him on Project Runway. He’s so brutally honest.

Chloe is Divine

If you know me, then you know I love designer sunglasses. I don’t know why I would spend so much on a small piece of plastic. Oh wait, I know…design and quality. Sunglasses and handbags is where I allow myself to splurge, if I have the cash. I would gladly take these Chloe sunglasses any day of the week. And just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean we stop thinking about sunglasses. Eye protection is year round baby! Why not make it fabulous eye protection?

Want…Want…Want…

Why do these brands have to design and create such amazing pieces?

It’s like they are made for me and only me. Yes, that’s how I think when it comes to stuff I want. I know I shouldn’t “want” something so bad, but look at it!

I am drooling over the City Chic Urban Jungle Jean and Juicy Couture Cluster Cuff below. And you know I need that ‘Fashionista’ in a Frame necklace from ASOS. Gorgeous, right? Go ahead, you can lust after them too. It’s only right that you do.

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Style Trend: Summer Scarves

Accessories are an essential piece to any outfit. One of my favorite accessories is the multi-use scarf. Love it in all materials! This week alone I bought 2 scarves! And as I was perusing my fave blogs, I came across a few outfit posts where they accessorized with a scarf. Yes, I know it’s summer, but you can still wear them! Just make sure to stay away from the heavy materials like 100% pure wool and cashmere. I tend to lean towards the silk, cotton, and linen. FYI…I want these!




I love thrifting scarves too! They are really inexpensive and can be used in so many different ways. Have you run out of ways to wear your favorite scarf? I found this cool article from Refinery 29 “4 New Ways to Wear a Scarf.” Click on the image for detailsl.

So, what do you think about accessorizing with a scarf this summer?


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Juicy Couture Torture

Juicy Couture…what are you doing to me? Come on!! You can not continue to create such gorgeous pieces of jewelry and not expect me to fall in love. I mean…look at these vintage style beauties. Why or why must you torture me?

Topshop “Hangs” Out


Tassels, fringe, or strands? What would you call this jewelry trend? I tend to lean toward fringe.That’s the first word that comes to mind. Wait, does it really matter? Not really. What I do know is that Topshop is all over it! Are they ever going to open a store in Los Angeles? Hurry up already!!

Ouch! Bridesmaid Shoes Suck!

Guess what? I love weddings! Sad thing is, I haven’t been to one since mine…3 years ago! I was so honored to be a bridesmaid at my cousin’s garden wedding this past Saturday. It was a beautiful L.A. day and the bride was gorgeous! Love was beaming from their faces!! Oh, and for those who voiced their opinion on my hairstyle, I chose #6! There was only one thing that sucked? Our shoes! They are by Chinese Laundry and were made in satin. But, the style below is very similar.



I thought they were so cute too! But as I put them on, I wondered if the tiny (almost) 4-inch heels would hold this curvy chick up. They did, but not even 30 minutes after wearing them my feet started to hurt. Even during the ceremony I was having issues. My feet were slipping out of them. And for the past two days my calf muscles have been sore! I guess I’m not trained to wear (almost) 4-inch heels. That’s OK. But, if I had a choice, I would have chosen any of the ones below. I think these would make AMAZING bridesmaid shoes!!

Beach Chic on a Budget

I’ve definitely been craving a day at the beach. I just want to grab my favorite magazine and a book and just lounge! When I was packing for San Diego last week, I realized that my entire beach outfit cost less than $35! That’s swimsuit, sun hat, and flip flops.

Well, you must know I’m a budgeting master. And just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t look chic on the beach, right? Well, the entire look I put together (below) was only $95.83! This is definitely a look that will carry you through the entire summer.

Feather Inspiration

It’s no secret that I love accessories. And when I go shopping, I have to check out what the latest jewelry trend is. The other day I went to the Grove, here in L.A., and couldn’t help but notice feather jewelry every where. Not peacock feathers, but bird feathers. I love that kind of post inspiration. Here you again my lovely bloggers…more inspiration and of course dumb ol’ shopping temptation. My apologies to your bank account.

P.S. Love that hat!!

RiRi & the Fanny Pack

Is Rihanna trying to bring back the fanny pack? This is the first thing that came to mind yesterday, as I was looking over my favorite celeb site Just Jared. Look at RiRi looking all cute eating M&M’s in Dublin, Ireland. She makes casual look chic!

I used to wear a fanny pack when I was little. They are really convenient and this D&G one is pretty hot. It say’s that it can even be worn as a cross-body bag. Hmmm??? RiRi is a fashionista and does wear pretty much whatever she wants. But do you think fellow fashionistas throughout the world will follow suit?

What are your thoughts on fanny packs…also known as waist or belt bags.

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{Rihanna Images: JustJared.com}