Chunky resin necklaces
crystal, rhinestone, Cubic Zirconia (diamond substitute) pins, rings, bracelets,necklaces
statement (huge) cocktail rings & necklaces
pearls (faux) with chain or ribbon
Faceted silver beaded necklaces
Ropes of flat chain or discs in silver
Silver mesh with rhinestones
Frosted and clear plastic layered bangles
You have probably seen jewelry by Crislu on fashionistas, or at least in advertisements in fashion magazines like Vogue and InStyle. Their cubic zirconia designs look like they should cost thousands, but they’re set in sterling platinum or 18K gold vermeil, which makes them much more affordable. Crislu jewelry has been seen on Paris and Nikki Hilton, and these ladies can afford the real thing. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Bassinger have been seen adorned in Crislu, and so can you!
Satin rosettes and pom-pom details
Crinkled nylon framed clutches
Ruched leather and satin hobos
Leather is always “in,” but “green” handbags and totes are wildly popular (and often more budget-minded), too. One unusual and affordable company making fabric totes that are true, fashion statements, is Bagulous. Kristina (in the photo) has handbags and totes with retro fabric (reminds me of Miami in the 1940’s) and also a collection large, black fabric totes that I fekll in love with. These have padded handles that slip over your shoulder (even with a coat) or hang nicely on your arm. Each is embellished with a cute design or saying, in rhinestones and/or tiny sparkling studs. The designs are also available on T-shirts. I loved “Queen Octopus” and the glizty, red crab, but there is something for everyone: even a large, green recycling symbol. The tote is the perfect size to take to the market, to school, to the beach, and beyond. each side of the tote features a snap gusset to accommodate bulky items. an attached cell phone case with snap, and an attached string with key fob, make this a tote for all seasons and all reasons. And they’re affordable!
GLOVES & SCARVES – OVERSIZED, TRANSPARENT OBLONG STYLES – LOOK FOR:
Silk chiffon oblongs and squares
Wide satin borders on sheers
Crinkled silk gauze
Chantilly lace wraps
Silk/satin jacquard prints
Iridescent fabric with crystal accents
Lace and satin jabots
When it comes to leather goods, an investment piece can pay dividends for deaces. I am a fan of Kippys high end leather goods, embellished with crystals and rare leathers, put together in unusual ways. This jacket, for example, would dress up anything from jeans and a t-shirt, to a black cocktail dress. Save your pennies, and check out what Kippys has to offer.
HAIR GOODS – HEADBANDS ARE A MUST HAVE ACCESSORY- LOOK FOR:
Fabric headbands in wild prints
leather headbands thin to wide
embelishments in feathers, tulle, lace, flowers, crystals and pearls
headband “hats” of tulle or feathers
Stylist (and glove designer) Patricia Parente, and Dora Marra of Headdress NY, posed in front of some of Dora’s “Headdress NY” headbands. A head band works on hair of all types and lengths. Pop one on to add instant pizazz to any outfit.
HATS – ILLUSION AND VEILING ADD A SOFT TOUCH – LOOK FOR:Veiled fascinators
Voile and tissue faille buckets
Floppy and wired brims
Feather and lace trims
Crinkled cotton caps
Clear plastic hair clips
Sequined skinny headbands
Christine Moore of Christine A. Moore Milinery caugth my eye. She makes hats for women who need to be noticed. Her hats are popular at garden parties and of course, at the races.You can see her designs on TV shows like Gossip Girl, and on celebrities like Halle Berry, Alicia Keys, LeAnn Rhimes, and Cynthia Nixon. I loved the huge, black and white (Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady) hat to the right of her, but you can channel “Audrey” with a flowered cloche, or even an embellished headband this season.
BELTS – EXTREME WIDTHS FROM SKINNY TO WIDE – LOOK FOR:
Braided leather and ribbon straps
Rhinestone and sequin accents
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