Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fashion in Music


Along with following the latest trends in music, I also like to follow what artists wear. I like that most artists tend to have their own unique sense of style. Artists such as Gwen Stefani, P. Diddy, and Nelly (to name just a few) are now coming out with their own clothing lines.

It's also interesting to see what Andree 3000 of Outkast will come up with next. I personally think that his outfits are the most unique. It's great to see the creative energy flowing.

I commend those who dare to go outside the box and express themselves in a manner that is comfortable and pleasing to them. Forget about what other people think. It's all about how you feel. And it's all about being true to yourself.

So anyways, back to musical artists with style... I would have to say that Alicia Keys's sense of style is my favorite. It's very classy and never too revealing.

View more pictures from the Fashion Rocks event: http://about.reuters.com/pictures/galleries/story.aspx?gallery=Entertainment&story=632618795213075421&page=1

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Fashion Forward: Developing Your Own Unique Style

Fashion is about style and creativity, but some of us have fallen victim to every trend and in the process have lost our sense of individuality. It's a little like high school, you want to be cool so you wear what everybody else is wearing. However, fashion is about personality and expressing yourself through the way you dress. Bottom line is, do you want to be a leader or a follower? Here are a few tips on developing your own unique style:

Follow your "gut" instinct. When it comes to fashion, buy what you love and not what everybody else says you should be wearing. Granted, there are some things you may love but because of your body shape you should not be wearing.

Follow the trends, but don't be a slave to them. Mix trendy pieces with classic pieces or mix old trends with new trends. This also saves you money because you don't have to go buy a whole new wardrobe every season.

Don't spend your money all in one place. Sometimes it's ok to wear a whole outfit by one designer, but it's more fun to mix it up.

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Recommended Readings:

  • The Pocket Stylist : Behind-the-Scenes Expertise
    from a Fashion Pro on Creating Your Own Look

  • The Lucky Shopping Manual :
    Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece



  • Thursday, September 15, 2005

    Bracelets From Then To Now

    Bracelet popularity dates back to the Roman times and continues today.

    Roman bracelets shared many of the design patterns of necklaces and earrings from that era. The ever popular ball earrings from that era were nicely matched with a ball style bracelet. Engraved bangles and snake bracelets were very popular during Roman times.

    Bracelets made of twisted coil with lion head ends were common place, as were the two part bracelets ending with a pair of lion heads. The Heracles knot bracelet is recognized as a Roman era piece.

    The Roman’s were very creative in the designing of their jewelry. However they still borrowed from Greek motifs. Palmettos, fleeing dogs and acanthus leaves, all of Greek origin, were often seen in the designing of Roman jewelry.

    Stones and glass were often used in Roman bracelets. . Gem stones were commonly found set in eyes. Open bands were cut to represent a row of ivy and entwined with pearls.

    Many of the leaf and berry bracelets were heavily adorned with decorative glass. The wealthier women could be seen wearing bracelets layered in bezel set emeralds.

    During the Gerogiian times bracelets remained popular. Paris jewelers were known for their gold bracelets set with pearl edging. After the 1820s coral became the “in” fashion statement, so bracelets and other jewelry were heavily set with coral.

    During the Gerogiian time it was very fashionable to wear many bracelets at once, including wide ribbon gold mesh bracelets, and silk ribbon bracelets. Gem and Diamond bracelets were designed in geometric patterns. Gold was heavily used during this era.

    The Victorian era brought changes to the fashions of women, including jewelry styles. Earrings grew long and dangled, bracelets became rigid and were normally worn in pairs. The buckle bracelet became very fashionable.

    The jewelry of the Victorian era expressed sentiment, and bracelets were no exception. Bracelets would contain lockets or charms with pictures or hair of a loved one, and engravings were common

    Early Victorian jewelry enjoyed some mystic with hidden meanings being popular. The acrostic bracelets where the first letter of each gemstone spelled a word of friendship were very popular. For example a bracelet set with Lapis, Opal, Vermeil [hessonite garnet] and Emerald would spell Love.

    The Art Nouveau period once again saw changes to fashion and jewelry. Chameleons and serpents entwined themselves around bracelets. The mystical Egyptian scarab was found on bracelets and rings.

    Other popular creatures included dragonflies, butterflies, bees, peacocks, swans, and even bats. This was a very figural period attached to nature. If jewelry did not depict creatures it depicted flower blossoms or flower buds.

    From 1910 to 1939 women’s fashions saw sleeveless or short sleeve dresses appear. The result was flexible bracelets and bangles worn on the upper arm. These arm bracelets were often adorned with gemstones or diamonds.

    From 1940 to 1949 US designers were greatly influenced by the designs from the French house of Van Cleef & Arpels. Bracelets with ribbon of hexagon lines centered on fine gemstones fastened with heavy clasps became very vogue.

    From 1950 to 1960 daytime saw simpler lines for not only gold bracelets but necklaces as well. Gold mesh or twisted wire bracelets were very popular.

    From 1960 to 1970 bracelets became more flexible and were often set with gems. Bangles on the other hand became more rigid and were often seen set with random diamond placements.

    From 1970 to 1979 bracelets were flexible and often set with tiny baguettes. Delicate and dainty bracelets were vogue.

    From the 1980s to now bracelet fashions have been mixed and varied. Bracelet styles have become more of an individual fashion statement than a trend.

    Gold has always remained popular as have gems, however sterling silver has become very popular and recognized for its versatility and wearability at affordable pricing. In the last few years we’ve also seen an increase in demand for titanium bracelets.

    Today a women’s fashion statement is about her! What she likes, what she feels good in. So your bracelet wardrobe can be what ever you want. Wear a dainty gem set gold bracelet or an armful of clunky bracelets, which is very vogue this season.

    Your fashion statement is about who you are, so feel free to be you!
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    Sher from Estate Jewelry International has been serving customers for over 20 years, providing fashion, jewelry, and wedding help. So stop by and visit us at http://www.estatejewelryinternational.com/ We'll help you make your fashion statement! Remember looking good doesn't have to cost a fortune!
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    Monday, September 5, 2005

    Meditation for a Beautiful You

    Did you know that meditation can bring about a more beautiful face? It has been shown that meditation plays a vital role in reducing stress mentally, spirtually, and physically. Here is a meditation exercise I use and recommend:

    Get in a comfortable position - it can be sitting, kneeling, or laying down. You can enhance the experience by lighting a candle or putting on soothing music. Close your eyes and take in a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Focus your thoughts on your breathing. If you have a hard time concentrating, try repeating the words, "Peace" and "Relaxation" in your mind as you breathe.

    Try this exercise every morning and night for a month and watch your spirit and beauty soar!

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    Recommended Resource:
  • The Tropical Spa: Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty and Relaxation