Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5 Ugliest Jewelry Pieces in Awards Show History

When it comes to jewelry, celebrities always get special treatment on the red carpet. They can borrow, beg, or buy jewelry pieces from the world's hottest designers to make their own unique fashion statements. Unfortunately, there are the select few celebs who must make these choices with their eyes closed or succumb to designers who want to make them look bad. Viewing awards shows has become like watching a circus, because while many celebs show up looking their very best, others just look like clowns. Here are the 5 ugliest jewelry pieces in the history of awards shows:

#5 Gwyneth Paltrow's Chandelier Earrings


Gwyneth Paltrow is an actress who always wears awesome dresses, but became more famous for her chandelier earrings at the 2007 Academy Awards. At parties, people have been known to get drunk and hang from chandeliers, but hanging chandeliers from a woman is an even more painful and embarrassing sight.
Gwyneth’s earrings in this case had more diamonds than all of South America put together, proving once and for all that you can in fact have too much of a good thing. They were so big and hung so low from golden chains that she could have tripped over them. As diamonds go, the stones were pretty, but these chandelier earrings should have just gone down the red carpet themselves because they had a life of their own.

# 4 Sandra Bullock's Ring at the 2012 Academy Awards


This ring was quite large and looked as though a metallurgist spilled hot gold all over her finger and just before it cooled, he threw some precious gems on top of it. Imagine that after the ring hardened and Sandra got back from the hospital to have it surgically removed, she waited for the skin grafts to heal before she put the ring on again. It is easy to visualize a major law suit where the ring maker lost his house. Sandra put the ring on anyways and arrived at the award show. Of course she looked beautiful, but that ugly ring drew enough attention to make this list.




#3 Tyga's Last Kings Chain


This necklace was quite impressive in making Tyga look like a Pharaoh from ancient Egypt. It was designed by Jason of Beverly Hills because all the other designers were not strong enough to keep from being turned to stone by the necklace's presumably evil powers.
Tyga's idea to wear this at the 2012 BET Awards was a good one until all the other rappers saw it and wanted one just like it. It had so much gold in it that Fort Knox itself is probably jealous, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, until you see the design itself. The ugly necklace had scary faces on it and made Tyga's weight jump up to 250 pounds. It was gaudy and heavy.


#2 Missy Piggy's Hideous Necklace


As far as puppets go, Miss Piggy is probably the world's most famous fashionista, but even she is not immune to fashion disaster. She recently wore a big old diamond necklace. The Bible says never throw your pearls before swine. In this case designer Fred Leighton did not use pearls, but he should have applied the concept to diamonds. The necklace was quite large and ugly. The multiple diamonds on this beast (the necklace, not the Muppet) blinded Piggy's counterpart Kermit the Frog as well as all the others standing on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Why should designers even put real jewels on a bunch of sewn together fabric? Why is a Muppet even at an awards show? The necklace had a interesting infinity symbol and lots of diamonds. It surely weighed more than the pig. The real star wearing it was the guy you never see; Eric Jacobson was the puppeteer who handled her. He probably never held that much value in his arms before or since.

#1 Flavor Flav's Clock at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards


Flavor Flav has long been associated with the '80s hip-hop trend of wearing a clock around your neck, because he was one of the artists who popularized it. However, even the master of neck clocks himself can go too far sometimes! It would have been impossible for Flav to be late for his red carpet arrival at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards because the ugly necklace he had on was quite possibly the biggest clock ever. Big Ben in England was weeping and the Hubble telescope was taking this photo from space, even though an astronaut could have seen this silver and black clock with the naked eye.





This is a guest post written by Jessica.  Jessica is a journalist and blogger who specializes in fashion, style, and fine jewelry. She lives in New Jersey with her fiance and two cats.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shop: 10 Mother's Day Accessories Gift Ideas

Our moms deserve the best from us. To celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day, we gathered some great gift ideas in several styles that will surely help you choose the perfect gift for your mom. From jewelry to bags, from classic to more edgy styles, we selected some of the best accessories at affordable prices. Prices range from £15 to £129.

Jewellery


Nothing better than a gem to offer our sweet mom. Below, a Lancetti Vintage Gold Plated Enamel Chunky Necklace that has some really nice chain looking details. Perfect for both modern and classic moms. Available from Mybag.com at £68

For moms who prefer earrings, here's a pair of Turtle Stud Earrings, Gold Green, from Ted Baker that will surely surprise her. We love the fact that's turtle shaped because it gives it an edgy trendy look. Available from Littlewoods.com at £35

For classic moms who love jewelry, here's a Laura Biagiotti Vintage Gold Plated Necklace that will sure look stunning on several occasions. With a neutral color, it can be styled with almost anything your mom has in her wardrobe. Available from Mybag.com at £64

Bags


What mom doesn't like a really nice bag to complement her look? Bags are a great choice for Mother's Day. We gathered a selection of bags, some more classic, others more modern that will surely make a perfect gift.

First, a Brown Classic Heart Bag from Clarks that can be worn on the shoulder or across the body. Perfect for every day. Available from Littlewoods.com at £59

This Ted Baker Colour Block Shopper Bag, in Monochrome is the perfect choice for moms who want to look trendy, stylish and fashionable. Monochrome is one of the great trends for the next Autumn/Winter Season so this is a great gift. Available from Mybag.com at £129



For fashionista moms, we selected this Kirsten Studded Drawstring Bag, White. It's stylish contemporary look makes it a great accessory for both day and evening occasions. Its neutral colors with a metal plate front detail ads a touch of luxury to it. Available from Littlewoods.com at £60


Scarves


Scarves are also a great choice for Mother's Day. They go pretty well with several outfits and they're also very comfy and great to cover up the neck from this cold season. This Indigo Collection Lightweight Russian Print Scarf is a great stylish choice for your mom to add some color to her wardrobe. Available from M&S at £19.5

This Baroque Keys and Chains Scarf, Lilac from Codello is also a great gift. Suitable for several occasions it has a baroque classic style that will surely be an asset to her look. Available from Mybag.com at £40

Other Accessories


When we're talking about accessories, sometimes these get forgotten, and can also be a great and useful gift. For hat lovers, here's a Jacques Vert Hat with Feathers that's perfect for wearing at weddings and similar formal occasions. The feathered detail, gives it a more glamorous look that makes it a perfect choice from classic moms. Available from Littlewoods.com at £120

And what about a nice pair of Gloves? These can be a good affordable and very useful gift for your mom to help her overcome the cold. Here, we selected these Leather Stitch Detail Gloves, Purple. Available at M&S at £15
Already chose the gift your offering your Mom on this special day? Tell us... Did you go with a traditional card or flowers, or did you choose something different? We'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top five sunglasses for Summer

Photo by lesleychoa (Flickr)

I’ve got to be honest – I am over Winter, I can’t wait for Summer to arrive and with the great anticipation that I have I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t already well-prepared for what this Summer has to hold.

Although the UK is a place where realistically we don’t see an awful lot of sunshine, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be prepared for those days when we do happen to have a little ray of sunshine peek out from behind the clouds, and if like me you are sincerely hoping for sunshine this Summer, then chances are that you will already be thinking about the appropriate sunglasses to tackle this task.

So looking at this Summer, what are the hottest trends? The best buys? The right purchases to make? Well here are my top five tips for sunglasses this Summer:

Ray Bans


Ray Bans are a brand that you can always depend on and regardless of the season you simply know that these are going to be in style. With classic designs including the Wayfarer and the Aviator you know that you can always get a timeless classic with a modern design from the Ray Ban range, and if you are looking for a pair of sunnies that really stands apart from the crowd then you can’t go far wrong with the choices that Ray Ban can offer you.

Oakleys


A good pair of Oakleys can often be the essential summer accessory and if you are looking for a brand of sunglasses that gives you great protection and looks fashionable at the same time, then you could have found just what you are looking for with a pair of Oakleys. One of the great features that Oakleys have is the ability to chop and change many elements of their design and this means integrating new colours, features and designs into the mix.

Bolle


Not always at the forefront of market-leaders in the sunglasses industry, it’s easy to overlook the Bolle brand as a mid-class design and for this reason many people simply don’t rate it as a market leader in the sunglasses industry, but if you don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a pair of sunglasses then this design could be just what you are looking for to provide you with fashionable, safe glasses at a great price.

Persol


Another brand which doesn’t get an awful lot of air time is Persol, but this isn’t to say that it’s a brand that you should forget about – in fact if you are looking to stand out from the crowd then it’s often better to go with a brand which isn’t so well recognised! For something unique, different and still super stylish, Persol could be a great option for your wardrobe.


Michael Kors


I had to throw this in at the end, the truth is that my own sunglasses are Michael Kors and I’ve had them now for around six years with no problems whatsoever – I love them. They offer great protection and are stylish through any season, the ideal accessory and a great option for people who are looking for a timeless classic through a pair of sunglasses.


This is a guest post written by Paul James. Paul James is a journalist and part time blogger. When he isn't writing or shopping, he's spending time with his family or walking his dog, Buck.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The perfect casual outfit for this Sunday

Don’t know what to wear this Sunday? Our stylists may help you on that. Here’s a casual outfit based on an emerald everyday A-Line Skirt from Boden.

A-line skirts are a great option for balancing your bust with your hips. They can do wonders for Pear, Diamond, Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes. For Pear and Diamond body types, the A-line skirt balances the widest part of your hip without adding more volume. For Inverted Triangle and Straight body shapes, it can add just a bit of volume to create a waist.

It’s a great must-have for every closet! And it's emerald... the color of the year :)



Everyday A-line skirt from Boden, £45 ; Notting Hill Knit from Boden, £69 ; Dizzy Weave Satchel from Guess, £185 ; Glitter Ballerina from Graceland, £12.99 ; Gemstone encrusted leather bracelet from Bonprix, £16.99

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hot trends for the next Autumn Winter Season (LFW AW 2013)

One of London’s most important fashion events has come to an end. For five days, over 200 designers showcased their brand new Autumn/Winter Collections at London Fashion Week showing their vision to the world.

Like every other fashion lover, we watched this event closely (read this preview of the event) and we gathered some highlights of this show. Below, we’ll mention the most common trends from different designers and some of what we think that will be trending on the next Autumn/Winter 2013.

Please note that this post is a personal perspective of the event, written by Irina Quintela. Irina is the founder of Styling Up, a style shop that provides an online fashion styling service for women based on body shape and size.

Prints and Graphic Lines


Autumn/Winter 2013 will be all about prints and graphic lines. Floral prints are becoming a thing of the past, and prints are now more African inspired. Some of the prints that walked the runway were actually pretty wild (in a good way). We love them!

Graphic lines will also be trending and, according to what we saw on the catwalk, geometry is all around several collections. Whether straight or curved lines… this is a trend we really want to wear. For fans of geometry, this is the trend to follow!

Here are a few examples of what we saw on the catwalk:
Geometric lines were all over LFW and they are stunning
Some of the prints we saw on the catwalk

Monochrome inspiration


We saw lots of collections inspired by the monochrome mix. We love the combination between black and white. It provides a great contrast and this can be a really easy combination to pull off.
Below, a few examples of monochrome from the designer’s collections:
Oh yes, monochrome was in almost every collection

Trending colors: Red, Gold / Yellow, Blue, Green


Red, Gold or Yellow, Blue and Green will surely pop out of the catwalk straight to the streets. We saw some awesome combinations and splash of colors. Autumn Winter 2013 will surely be a more colorful season with these vibrant colors. These also look great in accessories, when just wearing a monochrome look.

Examples from the catwalk:
Bright colors will be trending on the next AW 2013

Super long length skirts and dresses


Skirts and dresses have gained a new stylish length. We already knew mini, midi and long skirts… but now, here are the fashionable new super long skirts and dresses. Super long because they’re way longer than the traditional long skirts and they can practically “kiss” the floor. We’re totally embracing this and can’t wait to see this on the streets.

We also noticed that skirts are moving away from mini and embracing the midi and slightly below the knee length. This might be really great news for the ones who were tired of the super miniskirts.
Dresses and Skirts had mid or super long length

Overall, this was a great show and we’re really eager to see these trends on the high street. We also noticed that the trends are heading to a much more “clean” design with clean lines, bright colors and strong & geometric patterns. We can’t wait to see this spreading…

What about you? Have you followed London Fashion Week’s AW 2012? What trends will you surely wear and which ones will you run away from?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Styling Up reviewed by the Stylish London Living

First of all we’d like to thank Micaela, from the Stylish London Living blog for such a wonderful review of our website. Overall it was a great review giving our website a great 4 out of 5 stars.



Reviews are a great way to let us know how to improve our service and we’re always very happy when we receive feedback.

Read the full review: Review: Stylingup.com

Stylish London Living is a great blog that has awesome content about beauty, fashion and lifestyle, and is written by London based lady Micaela. Do take a look at her wonderful blog.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

London Fashion Week AW 2013 | PREVIEW

London Fashion Week starts tomorrow. Here's a preview of what to expect, written by Fi, from the blog "We Heart Colourful".

London fashion week (LFW) is one of the highest-profile fashion events in the world, being among the ‘big four’ international catwalk influencers (the others being New York, Paris and Milan). You can read part one of our London Fashion week preview over at weheartcolourful.com.



So what can we expect from the London leg of this season's fashion circus?

High-street brands

More and more high-street brands have to staging catwalk shows in recent years - this year's London fashion week will see River Island make its debut with its Rihanna collaboration, while upmarket high-street chain Whistles will host a salon show.

Meanwhile H&M, which has previously hosted fashion events with the likes of Versace, is preparing to make its Paris fashion week debut with a show at the Musée Rodin in a couple of weeks' time.

Here in the UK, Topshop's label, Unique, has shown at London fashion week for more than ten years, while American label J Crew has enjoyed huge success at New York fashion week, taking part the shows there for the fourth time next Tuesday.

Androgyny 

The fusion of masculine and feminine aesthetics will be a strong theme at this season's London fashion week. The strength and effectiveness of this fashion phenomenon will lie wholly in the subtleties.

Slight references to the opposite gender in outfit cuts, hair - and the occasional bit of understated makeup. However, Very much at play for AW13 will be is shoulder-length hair. 

Mid-length, grungey-but-neat hair, perches neatly between androgyny and masculinity - it's simply up to the viewer to choose which way the look sways. 

Martin Van der Horst’s anti-consumerist influences are the perfect complement of the androgynous.

Designers to watch out for:

Tom Ford
Christopher Kane
Mary Katrantzou 
Burberry
Fyodor Golan
Ashish 
Moschino Cheap & Chic 

Have you got any LFW must-sees or forecasts? Leave a comment!

★ Fi ★

Fi is one half of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, We Heart Colourful. She loves colour clashing, fashion innovation and vintage styling, and is a big jewellery fanatic. Fi really enjoys collaborating with other bloggers and brands she loves, or just hearing what her readers have to say.
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