June 28, 2010

Alicia Keys’ Bangles Bigger Than Her Baby Bump

Mom to be singer Alicia Keys performs on CBS' 'The Early Show' at CBS Early Show Studio Plaza on June 25, 2010 in New York City. Alicia is expecting her first child with fianc Rapper-producer Swizz Beatz.  Fame Pictures, Inc
Singer Alicia Keys brought Central Park to life recently as she performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, drawing the largest crowd in the history of the programme’s summer concert series as she wowed the audience with her renditions of Empire State of Mind and Broken Heart.

There was pure energy exuding from the glowing expectant mother-to-be as she flaunted her burgeoning baby bump in a causal white khaki romper accented with a dark brown belt. It was not just the bump she was showing off though.

The usual funky wildness of her hair had shifted to her goliath bronze bangles, stacked stylishly along her arm for even the farthest audience to see. Perhaps the 29 year old R&B singer got inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama who sported similar large bangles at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. A pair of bronze tinted metallic hoop earrings complemented the bangles.

The beautiful singer is proof enough that all the preggy ladies out there need not drown in a pitiful mountain of boring maternity clothes and zilch fashion sense. If your tummy is getting bigger, that’s a perfect reason to celebrate with even bolder jewelry, which is definitely something stylish to reminisce about with your kids in the future!
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June 24, 2010

Kristen Stewart: Twilight Snow White at Eclipse Premiere

Cast member Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of the motion picture romantic thriller fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse , as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles June 24, 2010.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

Thousands of Twilight fans went over the moon (pun intended) yesterday as they finally got to witness their favorite Twilight Saga: Eclipse stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner on the gothic black carpet (that’s right, black!) for the most-awaited movie premiere of the year.

They had been waiting all week, in make-shift tents outside the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre with the hope of getting spots near the black carpet and their patience finally paid off. I was over the moon for a different reason altogether: Kristen Stewart took a risk and wore WHITE! Halleluiah! It’s about time girl.

She looked neither like a vampire nor a werewolf but a contemporary angel, who finally decided to come out of her black couture comfort heaven and shine like the pearly white moon itself. Now this is what I call a reverse fashion eclipse. She rocked a white backless, one-sleeved Ellie Saab mini gown with Big Lips 120 suede pumps from Christian Louboutin.

I must admit that before checking out whatever Kristen’s wearing, I always find myself searching for her lucky necklace with the tiny circular pendant. And not surprisingly, I found the chain, peeking at me, naughtily from her neckline. Kristen’s become inseparable with her lucky charm, I tell you, as she wears it with almost every outfit & not necessarily for show. A single gold ring adorned her left hand and completed her pure angelic look.

Cast member Kristen Stewart attends the premiere of the motion picture romantic thriller fantasy The Twilight Saga: Eclipse , as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles June 24, 2010.  UPI/Jim Ruymen Photo via Newscom

The bold change in wardrobe definitely seemed to reflect in her positive attitude as she looked comfortable & happy, graciously pleasing her fans by posing with them for photos. She did not look one bit the publicity-shy Kristen that we normally see. On June 30th, we will get to know what happens to Bella amidst the war of vampires & werewolves but the mystery behind the lucky chain still remains.

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June 21, 2010

3 Easy Steps to Become a Hollywood Star: Red Carpet Diva Cameron Diaz

Photo by: JS/SevenPix/starmaxinc.com  2010  6/16/10 Cameron Diaz at the premiere of Knight and Day . (Seville, Spain)  Photo via Newscom

In our books, stealing is permitted only for one thing. CELEBRITY LOOKS of course! Do you want to go for that hot diva look that says you rule the red carpet? Let’s steal Cameron Diaz’s wardrobe for some inspiration now shall we? Tom Cruise and Cameron have reunited in action comedy, Knight and Day after Vanilla Sky and Cameron’s look for the movie’s premiere in Seville, Spain, serves as the perfect fashion recipe for all the diva-wannabes out there. It takes two to tango and only an additional step to shine like a Hollywood star:

Step 1: Become a black beauty

Choose a sexy black outfit with some shine and the perfect pumps. Cameron rocked an off-the-shoulder draped Lanvin Spring 2010 mini dress that had a belt detail, paired with a hot pair of Lanvin pump heels. The length need not be as short as Cameron’s but it solely depends on what complements your body type. Make sure it’s not too short that you’re not even able to sit comfortably in public without feeling like a conscious crouching tiger or an unhidden dragon for that matter. Simultaneously if the dress is too long you may end up looking like Morticia Addams from the Addams family which is not necessarily a good thing.

Step 2: Accessorize with ice for spice

It goes without saying that the ice/jewelry that you choose is what will spice up your outfit. The advantage of wearing black garb is that jewelry of almost any color and gemstone goes well with it, but this is the downside as well as the possibilities are simply endless and you may spend long hours wondering what bling would bring it. But the stars do shed some light here on how to sparkle like one. The secret behind a diva’s spark is to wear something out of the ordinary. Think outside the box. It may also be helpful to think big! Bold pieces certainly magnify your celebrity presence such as a cubic zirconia cocktail ring or large silver earrings.

Cameron accessorized with jewelry from House of Lavande and Falon which included a pair of big gold cabochon earrings with turquoise stones that really brought out her eyes and a thick colorful textured Swarovzski crystal cuff bracelet. But remember the golden rule: If you wear big earrings, cut out the neck wear & vice versa. It is imperative to add a unique personal touch to your jewelry too. Cameron’s playful personality shined through her chic black look via an unusual but funky pair of gold anklets.

Step 3: Classy Hairdo & Crimson Make-up

Usually, celebrities opt for a hair updo on the red carpet because one, that is simply the age-old norm and two, it gives maximum exposure to those super-sized earrings! But hey, you could always let your hair down for the after party. Cameron wore her messy trademark updo. Last but not the least, be armed with some scarlet lipstick to get that true Hollywood chic like Cameron to complete the look. And it could be pink-red, cherry or maroon if you have a tan.

So there you have it, the three fashion steps to red-carpet success. Ladies, it’s SHOWTIME!

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June 18, 2010

Aishwarya Rai's Raavan & Ravishing Diamonds

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 16: Aishwarya Rai arrives at the World Premiere of Raavan at the BFI Southbank on June 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Where did the pink panther diamond go? Apparently it has found its way on to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s ears but in the form of a gigantic white diamond! The former Ms. World (1994) has finally decided to sit up and listen to fashion critics from all around the world after a string of less-than-pleasing fashion faux pas in the past.

So did her style win the approval of the fashion police this time? It did seem like she took the red carpet by storm during the premiere of her latest thriller movie, Raavan, held at BFI, Southbank in London, alongside hot hubby, Abhishek Bachan who plays the lead role in the movie. Move over Brangelina, Ash & Abhi are in the building!

Although some critics loved her saree, others have been scratching their heads. The L’Oreal ambassador has always been a patron of Sabyasachi sarees (she wore one at Cannes too) and this time she opted for an-off white net saree with an olive green & brown border from the same brand along with a long sleeved black and maroon velvet blouse, embroidered heavily with white floral designs. Whew!

In my opinion she could have lost some of the length of the blouse sleeves and made it into a halter neck. But on the whole, the saree did provide the right concoction of elegance and classical vintage beauty to the genetically blessed star. Her fans certainly seemed to agree via their hysterical shrieking and cheering. Perhaps they were star-struck by the huge diamond drop earrings that complimented her saree to a tee.

You may be accustomed to the basic diamond earrings that are quite a necessity to a woman’s ‘jeweldrobe’ but take a bear of a chance once in a while with those strikingly large diamond drop earrings or cubic zirconia substitutes if you like and bring down the house, in the true style of a star!

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June 16, 2010

Get Charmed by Xbox 360's Kinect & Abigail’s Charms Necklace

13 June 2010 - Los Angeles, California - Abigail Spencer. Xbox 360's Project Natal Premiere Party held at USC's Galen Center. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

“Look Mommy, no hands.”

I’m not talking about riding a bicycle without holding the handle bars, although you probably can ride a bicycle without holding anything at all with Micosoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect, the next era of the Wii. The revolutionary difference is that Kinect is a motion control system that allows players to take part in full-body, physically-interactive video games without the use of ANY REMOTE or gaming console! Now how cool is that?

Thousands of Hollywood stars, VIPs and media from around the world gathered at Los Angeles’ Galen Center to witness the unveiling of Kinect, said to be the future of gaming entertainment, on the 13th of June 2010 amidst an extravagant fanfare of dancers, acrobats, meteorite touchdowns, rotating living rooms, gigantic elephant puppets and vibrancy, all inspired by Xbox 360’s Kinect.

Ivory actress, Abigail Spencer sparkled in the crowd, wearing a serene cream strapless dress with a colorful printed border, red peep-toe heels and a charming smile! She enamored us even more with her double stranded gold charms necklace with a cross as the centerpiece, surrounded by delightful leaf charms.

Gold and silver charm jewelry including bracelets and necklaces has been very popular amongst the stars and are worn to show your pure individuality as no two charm pieces can be alike since you decide the type and number of charms you want on your jewelry. What makes this type of jewelry even more special and romantic is the fact that each charm has a unique past and story behind its arrival and can be a great conversation-starter at a party. It could be a symbol of love or a reminder of someone. Keira Knightley wore a charm representing a sword and a boat when she began to film Pirates of the Caribbean. You can see why charms make for exceptional gifts as well for a loved one.

You may have to wait until November 14th 2010 to get Xbox 360’s Kinect but there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from acquiring your distinctive charm necklace this very second and making your own dazzling mark in history with each delicate charm.

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June 13, 2010

Bend It Like Shakira With Beads!

Colombian singer Shakira has teamed up with UNICEF and Mango to launch a line of T-shirts just in time for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, in Madrid, Spain on June 6, 2010. The shirts will benefit the Barefoot Foundation, a charity that Shakira founded, which works on providing education worldwide. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go towards early childhood education initiatives in South Africa. Photo by Almagro/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Soccer or football or ‘soka’ in Swahili for that matter, is not just a game but a fever, a passion and a religion for many. This year, the FIFA World Cup is being hosted for the first time in Africa. It is truly a world event showcased not only by many countries participating in the tournament, but by the evolution of football-related fashion.

Now dig this: Shakira, a Columbian singer has partnered with Mango, a Spanish fashion giant and UNICEF to design a collection of African-inspired t-shirts called Waka Waka to be sold during the World Cup tournament as well as online. And what is best about the t-shirt campaign is that its profits will benefit early childhood education initiatives in South Africa through the Barefoot Foundation, founded by Shakira herself.

Now that’s what I call fashion globalization for a cause and Shakira has always been a favorite darling of the masses through her humble attitude and raw but chic dressing style. During the t-shirt launch, she rocked one of the t-shirts herself, which illustrated Africa as the face of a lion. Her toned-down look was matched by just a couple of cool beaded bracelets and a silver ring, proof enough to show that you can certainly make a unique fashion statement through simple earthy jewelry. So kick-start the FIFA World Cup your own way by donning some exotic beads and get ready to bend it like Shakira!

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June 8, 2010

MTV Movie Awards: A Whirlwind of Sexual Tension & Glitzy Jewelry

Photo by: Genesis/starmaxinc.com 2010  6/6/10 Christina Aguilera at the MTV Movie Awards. (Universal City, CA) Photo via Newscom

The MTV Movie Awards held in California had a lot of drama and sexual tension to offer this year, both on-screen as well as off-screen. I am still befuddled about what caught my attention more though. Was it the passionate lip lock that Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson shared after the former received the MTV Generation Award or was it the raunchy performance from Christina Aguilera and her team of erotically charged dancers for her song from her new album, Bionic OR was it the vigorous booty-smacking by Jennifer Lopez on an oversized Tom Cruise?

I would have to say the kiss from the divas ruled the roost but Christina’s red carpet fashion still needs mention anyhow. Her couture was completely over the top, just like her performance from later that night. She oozed with confidence though as she walked the red carpet in a very short Versace Atelier black number, with chain and feathery patterns, accessorized with Stephen Webster jewels and dramatic makeup including her favorite red lipstick.

Some would find her outfit futuristic, funky or downright freaky and it seemed like Christina filled the missing void of Lady Gaga that night. You can still look to the icon for jewelry inspiration though through her stylish, diamond encrusted belt. Belts are the perfect way to add a chic dash of color, texture or bling to any outfit and they help to give a feminine shape to a loose top or a long gown. They can be worn all over the torso, from just below the bust line to the waist or even worn low around the hips. Christina, the bionic diva certainly knew how to ‘bling’ it with her wild and powerful jewelry and you should definitely try a bejeweled belt as well to add that extra glitz & glamour to any outfit.

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June 7, 2010

Find Out Which Celebrities Share Your Birthstone in June

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2:  Actress Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of the United Artists film 'Hotel Rwanda' December 2, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Just as zodiac signs reveal a person’s character traits, birthstones give the wearer an unspoken power related to its mystical properties. This is one of the reasons why it is considered lucky to wear birthstone jewelry. Get enlightened by the birthstone for the month of June – the creamy white, precious Pearl.

Pearl Power: The pearl is considered as one of the most magical and precious of all the gemstones as it is one of the few gems to be created naturally by a living organism. It certainly gives the wearer a tingling sensation to know that the precious stone she is wearing was crafted in the depths of the magnificent ocean. A pearl’s glow reflects on a woman’s inner beauty, purity, honor, love and power.

Celebrities born in June: Pearl birthstone jewelry celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman and Judy Garland amongst many other pearly beauties.

How to wear pearls: Pearls are the source of classic elegance. Due to their rarity, pearls are often highly priced. These days though, an influx of inexpensive cultured freshwater pearls has made this gemstone affordable for all. Pearls can be worn as earrings, single strand or layered necklaces, long rope chains, rings and bracelets too. A simple outfit, be it office, wedding or party wear, can be uplifted by combining the dress with complementary pearl jewelry. Better yet, try wearing white pearls with black clothes to get an amazingly chic result. Pearl jewelry is an indispensable accessory that every fashion-conscious girl should have in her jeweldrobe. Have fun flaunting your fabulous pearls this month.

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June 5, 2010

Keri Hilson's Catchy Corsette & Chunky Chains

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The rumor mill in hip hop ville has been buzzing about the news that singer Keri Hilson and Rihanna’s ex, Mr. Notorious Chris Brown have the hots for each other. Keri on the other hand, has been very hush-hush about the whole affair. Well, she may be discreet about her love life but certainly not so secretive about her flamboyant jewelry.

She was one of the best dressed at the VH1 Hip Honors that took place at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York recently. The “Way I Are” singer inverted her innerwear as outerwear by rocking a sheer Wacoal corsette. You might think that wearing lingerie as the integral part of an outfit may end up looking trashy (sadly, Venus Williams’ red and black Moulin Rouge-style corsette comes to mind) but Keri pulled it off by completing the look with a casual pair of United Bamboo pants, a newsboy cap and Christian Louboutin peep-toe booties.

The icing on the cake (or should I say ‘ice’) was definitely her chunky layered silver chains that screamed style! The sexy crooner showed off another bling trend this year by stacking many rings together. So all you trendy ice addicts should remember that if you want to wear all your jewelry in one go, don’t be afraid to do so this year, as layering and stacking are hot, hot, hot, so pile them on, ladies! And as for Ms. Keri Wilson, with her fashion-forward jewelry and dressing style, “we like you just the way YOU are!”

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June 4, 2010

Anne Hathaway Tries Chocolate Jewelry

The 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards New York City.

They say chocolates are an aphrodisiac. But have you tried wearing chocolate as jewelry!? Rest assured there is a way to do it without inviting the ants. Anne Hathaway showed us how and taught us that chocolates can be a girl’s best friend too apart from glittering diamonds. Seeing her sassy fashion statement recently, at the 55th Annual Drama Desk Awards in Lincoln Centre, I couldn’t agree more. The Alice in Wonderland actress arrived at the event in a classic black one-shoulder outfit from Lanvin.

She rocked the dress with playful yellow and brown chocolate diamond cluster earrings and a ginormous cocktail ring, with similar stones, from Lorraine Schwartz. Two words. Sexy & De-licious! Anne’s chocolate diamonds brought out the sparkle of her warm brown eyes as well as her natural brunette beauty, adding a touch of earthy sophistication to her all-black jumpsuit.

The Devil Wears Prada actress seems to be patronizing earthy colors as she wore a lovely beige Valentino tulle gown at the Costume Institute Gala only recently. Anne has indeed matured as an actress and has come a long way since her Princess Diaries days but her playful, down-to-earth personality still remains intact, as can be seen from her brazen jewelry style.

Ladies, remember that you can wear almost any color with black (with the exception of black itself), but as we cruise into the summer mode try matching black with earthy colors such as brown, beige and green jewelry to really stand out.

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