Accessorizing with Jewelry!

Accessorizing with Jewelry is one of the most simplest and effective ways to make any outfit look great. While we are a fan of exquisite gems and the best of the best, we are also a big fan of finding “quality” at affordable prices! Shopping for choice pieces of great jewelry is as important as choosing your outfit. In fact, the right choices in accessorizing are part of your overall wardrobe selection. As Designer Michael Kors puts it, “I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a women’s outfit” … it can make the simplest outfit come alive, or completely kill an otherwise great outfit!  …  Here we’re showcasing some of our favorite pieces. And of course, we are adding or have added these pieces to critiquemystyle.com!

Karine Sultan (Paris)

Karine creates a wide variety of pieces for women of all ages. More than being just a career, being a designer is her passion. The sole designer of the brand, Karine designs every single piece between her design studio located at the LA Headquarters of the company and her French studio located at the heart of Paris, France to where she travels regularly for inspiration. Her pieces are breathtaking, timeless and unbelievably affordable!  She creates the most unique pieces using all sorts of materials and textures.

Karine Sultan features multiple collections of “Must Have” pieces that have been much-loved by women all over the world and of all ages for more than 25 years, and is worn by a host of much admired celebrities!

Who doesn’t love and miss the incomparable Joan Rivers! Here she layers multiple pieces of Karine Sultan on a LBD and blazer at a Mercedes-Benz fashion week, turning an otherwise simple outfit into a fabulous work of art!

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The lovely Christine Morzano in Karine’s Matte Gold Dangling earrings!

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And last but not least, to name drop a few … the beautiful Queen Latifah in another collection of Matte Gold Dangles at the Critics Choice Awards!

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For a more funky, fun and urban choice, we’ve chosen the unique designs of Candid Art. Obviously not as well known as our first choice of designers. Candid Art, as designer Candice Cox puts it, is inspired infinitely by research and affinity with African visual culture, . Each piece is handcrafted and evokes conversation when the wearer walks into a room.

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There are a lot of reasons to accessorize your wardrobe. Can you believe it can save you money! How? you may ask. As I mentioned above, accessorizing can change the look of an outfit. Turn an otherwise plan or simple dress (already in your closet) into something that will look totally different. It’s the accessorizing that changes up the looks.  Imagine having one dress that can be accessorized multiple ways. Just by changing the style and type of jewelry it can completely change the look of that dress. This can cost you a lot less than having multiple dresses. “Just a thought!”  Another reason?  Well, just think of how most of us feel when we walk into a room and god forbid someone else is wearing the same dress, … having your dress accessorized with fun, elegant and eye catching jewelry will give your dress a look of it’s own!

Fashionable or Stylish?

Fashionable or Stylish?

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It’s kind of unfortunate, but we live in a society where “how we look” dictates our worth. Rather it’s being the perfect size, wearing the latest fashions, not wearing the same thing twice, or all of the above, … we strive to please others rather than being totally excepting of our true selves. Which brings me to, … are you fashionable, stylish or both? We can definitely start this conversation with understanding the difference between fashion and style and the price we pay to be either.

I’ll start with my understanding of the two, and of course you may feel totally different, and I welcome your comments! Fashion to me means what’s out there,  what’s trending, who’s wearing what and does it carry today’s hottest label! Fashion definitely put’s more pressure on us to look a certain way not to mention keeping up with the increasingly fast changes, thereby taking our attention away from who we really are or the impact the mass changes put on our society, … disconnecting us from our inner soul and our values.  That is not to say that being fashionable means you’re not in tuned in with yourself, I’m saying that it can put unnecessary pressure on us to keep up with what’s trending, thereby contributing to its impact.  Example, … if what’s trending are cropped tops and a tight pencil skirt, and say your body shape doesn’t support it, should you wear it because it is the trendy thing to wear or should you opt out of that style? Putting pressure on us to know when to say no or wear it anyway. Which brings me to the pressures of having a “perfect” body. (Trend is not a “one size fits all” style!) Other pressures, which are near and very dear to my heart, are economically and socially. The constant and quick changes in fashion (mass markets) that keep you buying more and more often, regardless of the human impact, as in the case of (The Real Cost of Fast Fashion) by Laura Heller.  (I would love to have a conversation on that only, but that’s a whole other subject.)

Style, on the other hand, allows us to be free to feel good about our choices in “fashion” rather it’s today’s trend or it carries today’s hottest label, it connects us to our inner selves. Who we are, what our values are, what makes us feel comfortable and pressure-less.  Style embodies personality and acceptance, whereas fashion, as previously stated, is a constant change and can be difficult to keep up with.  Style is longevity, and is affected by lifestyles, body types and culture.  As Yves Saint Laurent so famously put it, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

So what say you! Are you a fashion groupie or style maven?

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