November 27, 2010

Jessica Simpson's Fiance Hides Engagement Ring in a...

Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com  2010   Telephone/Fax:  9/15/10 Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson celebrate Eric's Birthday at Lavo. (NYC) Photo via Newscom
You've been in love for a long time now and you’re finally ready to take the next huge step in your life and enter into wedding bliss. But before that comes the actual popping of the question. Some prefer to hide their engagement rings in a glass of champagne which would be brought out by a waiter amidst a string quartet. Others go to the extent of hiring an airplane to fly in the skies displaying a huge sign attached to it which reads “Marry me!”

But all you gentlemen out there need not panic. There are some affordable methods which give you the same guarantee to get your girl to say the magical word of optimism (I do mean YES). Former, NFL star, Eric Johnson adopted one of those methods prior to proposing to his girlfriend of 5 months, Jessica Simpson (too short a time you might think, but let’s say love has no time constraints). Guess where he hid his engagement ring. It was in a…*drum roll* SHOE!

The singer was in the middle of watching Parenthood when Johnson, 31, asked her to pause the show so that he could pop the question. He got down on one knee on which Jessica had to sit and nearly swooned as she was in utter shock (in a good way of course). The shoe had been hidden in her own house somewhere.

47770, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Mondau November 22 2010. Jessica Simpson flashes her stunning ruby and diamond engagement ring as she pays a visit to the CBS Early Show in New York City. The country cutie has just announced her engagement to former NFL star Eric Johnson. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com
The ring itself was a three stone stunner, featuring a ruby in the centre surrounded by a diamond on each side. Choosing a ruby as the centerpiece was a trendy move by Eric as nowadays, people are opting for colored gemstones for engagement rings due to their affordability as well as beauty but he stayed true to classic traditions in choosing the dazzling diamonds to be set on either side of the ruby. Well played mate!

All the guys out there should know that your marriage proposal should consist of romance, humor, style, drama, a bit of glamour for good measure and of course the perfect ring that your girl would die for! If you’ve got those elements right it doesn’t matter whether you hide your ring in a glass or a shoe! ;-)
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November 23, 2010

Katy Perry Surprises Us at the American Music Awards


Perry was a pretty girl in pink at the American Music Awards 2010 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. She had been up for multiple awards including Favorite Female Artist: Pop or Rock, Favorite Album: Pop or Rock as well as the coveted Artist of the Year award. Although she went to the after-party empty-handed she did win the thumbsup from fashion critics and fans who adored her pale pink Badgley Mischka Couture dress which was covered in mini rosettes.

Katy always loves to surprise us with her diverse and sometimes whimsical fashion takes on the red carpet which are quite hard to forget (remember how she arrived to the MTV Europe Music Awards, recently, dressed literally as a ticket stub?). But at the AMAs the voluptuous crooner showed off her enviable figure in the relatively demure but sexy sequined pink number, paired perfectly with nude suede Brian Atwood heels.


The question is when you’re wearing a sequined shimmery dress, should you or shouldn’t you accessorize it further with bling? The answer lies in subtlety. Yes you can go the extra mile with some sparkly jewelry but make sure it aint over the top. Katy chose drop earrings featuring a lovely light pinkish purple shade of stones to draw more attention to her face. A delicate 18 karat white gold bracelet with white diamonds, adorned her wrist and oh boy was she having a major fling with her rings. Holler!

She was all smiles as she showed off her gold wedding band ring, a Looping Shine ring in white and pink gold with diamonds and crystal from Brumani as well as another adorable ring comprising layers of mini pink stones. Instead of seeming like she was overloaded on jewelry, the pieces added just enough sparkle to accentuate her dazzling dress. Better hold on to your girl, Russel…coz Katy’s sure got the goods!

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November 18, 2010

Rose McGowan Teaches Us the Art of Wearing Turquoise

LOS ANGELES - NOV 13: Rose McGowan arrives at the MOCA's Annual Gala The Artist's Museum Happening 2010 at Museum of Contemporary Art on November 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Over the ages, turquoise has been believed to be strong enough to cure snakebites, bring about positive dreams by the Native Americans, placed in guns by the Apache Indians thinking that it would make them shoot straight and even thought to forecast the weather! In the 21st century this wonderful gemstone is worn not as a fad or fashion statement but as a timeless tribute to the gem itself.

Whether you wear turquoise jewelry casually with a simple shirt and jeans or more formally against the softness of a silky evening gown, the spiritual turquoise stones will surely hypnotize all those around you, like how it did for Rose McGowan at the Museum of Contemporary Art's annual gala in Los Angeles. Her turquoise tear drop earrings and chunky bracelets were the perfect compliments to her emerald green Issa silk gown and they made the Charmed actress stand out amidst the likes of Kate Bosworth, Gwen Stefani and Rachel Bilson.

Or I think it would be more appropriate to say that her gown complimented her earrings and bracelets because turquoise is the kind of gemstone where you select your jewelry first and THEN find the perfect dress to accessorize it! One thing I would have changed though is the upper green part of the teardrop earrings which looked slightly out of place in the ensemble.

LOS ANGELES - NOV 13: Rose McGowan arrives at the MOCA's Annual Gala The Artist's Museum Happening 2010 at Museum of Contemporary Art on November 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Rather, turquoise looks best when it is paired with gold, white or black diamonds and coral. Since it offers such as bold look, the magical stone is often worn as the centerpiece of an outfit. Think lovely oversized necklace or smaller scale earrings in complimentary metals topped with a beautiful turquoise ring to emanate a fashion forward look. The stones are often set in floral as well abstract designs.

It is a gem that immediately conjures up thoughts of tropical islands and deep blue seas and brightens anyone who wears it be it any skin type, but the most important element to remember is you gotta wear this precious stone with confidence and in your own style!

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November 14, 2010

Miley Cyrus Tames Herself at Clothing Launch

Miley Cyrus promotes her recently launched George At Asda clothing range Miley And Max, a collaboration with Max Azria, at Asda in Spondon, Derbyshire. Photo via Newscom

Now who said Miley Cyrus can’t be tamed? Well yes, SHE did, but last week, she had to eat her own words. I guess Hannah Montana decided to perk up and pay attention to fashion critics (not to mention, the 1000s of livid fashion bloggers who’s eyes were subject to her visually provocative dressing styles in the past which included everything ranging from ‘destitute teenager’ to ‘fishnet fishergal’) and chose a high-fashion vintage look when she promoted her new Miley & Max for George clothing line at Asda, England.

The 17 year old knows that she’s an influential fashion idol to millions of teenagers but her questionable fashion choices were getting pretty uncontrollable. My fears subsided though when I saw her kick some ass in power-dressing mode at her clothing launch, sporting a chic white blouse paired with a black L’Agence leather mini skirt which not only looked ultra-sophisticated but also age-appropriate. The outfit was accented with an Antonio Berardi corset belt as well as black pumps.

Now you may get your cake right but what about the icing or in this case ICE? Yeps I’m talking about her bling bling. The young superstar stayed true to her inner rebel self and rocked some black bands on one wrist and on the other was a dainty gold charms bracelet.

U.S. actress and singer Miley Cyrus poses for photographers as she launches a new clothing range for Asda, at a store in Derby, central England November 9, 2010.  REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh ( BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Such a contrasting fusion of jewelry reminded me of Sarah Jessica Parker who loves to mingle classic jewelry pieces along with her other fun and less formal bling but did Miley pull it off? The answer is a big resounding YES! Miley decided to come out of her comfort zone and dressed demure which in itself was daring and proved to us that she’s making steady progress on the road to fashion redemption.

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November 9, 2010

Katy Perry's Multiple Personality Disorder

Photo by: DP/AAD/starmaxinc.com 2010  11/7/10 Katy Perry at the MTV Europe Music Awards. (Madrid, Spain)  Photo via Newscom

Katy Perry has schizophrenia. OK, before I go into the details, let’s go through the categories of celebs that that turn up at a red carpet event. To sum it up, there are three types of people who turn up. A) The “I don’t have much going on with my career so doing this would be good for my image” group. B) The “Uh, I got an invitation, so where’s the party?” group. And C) The “What can I do to make people’s eyes go POP” group. Well it can be confirmed that Katy Perry clearly belongs to the third tier.

Last year at the MTV Europe Music Awards, she turned up with a bullet, not in her head but in her hem, her dress’ hem that is (scroll down to see what it looked like). It would have made a perfect “corpse bride” costume during Halloween but not MTV Awards material. This year, she stepped up a cheerful notch with a much more lighthearted style but with interesting undertones, as expected. The newly married Mrs. Russell Brand came to the awards function along with her hubby in Madrid, Spain, dressed up as an old school ticket stub with a lot of pun intended.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 07: Katy Perry attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 at La Caja Magica on November 7, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

It was a red and black sequined dress with “Admit One” streamed down the front from the Jeremy Scott Fall collection which she paired with bright blue Sergio Rossi heels. With a single high ponytail and stud ruby earrings, I’ve got to admit that the burlesque look did seem cute, sexy & quite MTV-worthy I should say, almost like an adrenaline-charged teenager attending a Katy Perry concert!

Three things can be learned from the frolicked fashionista’s fashion approach. No. 1: Who said bright block colors don’t go well together? Check out her blue heel-red dress combo y’all! No. 2: Those ruby studs made Mamma proud *happy tear*. They were not too much, nor too little and gave shorty just the right amount of shimmer. No. 3: Be it onstage, on screen or off-screen, Katy Perry sure knows how to stay in character!

BERLIN - NOVEMBER 05:  Host Katy Perry performs during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards held at the O2 Arena on November 5, 2009 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Coming back to the schizophrenia thing, she said so herself in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Quote: “I have multipersonality disorder - in a very good way, of course - when it comes to my fashion choices.” Well that does explain the bullet hole dress a little dear. But let’s owe it Katy to give any event the crazy element of larger-than life fun J

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November 5, 2010

Yaya DeCosta's Fascination with Feathers

EAST HAMPTON, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Yaya DaCosta attends a screening of Twentieth Century Fox's 'Love & Other Drugs' at Regal East Hampton Cinema on September 5, 2010 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Twentieth Century Fox)

The world premiere of Love & Other Drugs kicked off at the AFI Fest 2010 in Hollywood, California recently which a handful of celebs attended including the stars of the film, Anne Hathaway & Jake Gyllenhaal. Seeing the premiere made me flash back to the exclusive screening of the film last month where one sassy woman stood out the most: Yaya DeCosta.

Yaya is an actress and fashion model who touched the glamorous tinsel town a few years ago but really hit it big in the TV series, Ugly Betty. But did you know that before this urban New Yorker of Brazilian, Native American, West African & Irish heritage ruled the silver screens, she appeared in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model where she ended up inches away from winning the title?

That didn’t stop the exotic beauty though as she slowly but steadily rose to stardom. In Ugly Betty she played the role of Nico Slater, a rebellious wild child. Off-screen Yaya is the epitome of serene glamour & natural beauty. If I had to pick a lady who’s extremely comfortable in her own skin so to say, I would choose her. Even when it comes to her hair, the 27 year old actress stays away from chemicals, extensions and all that jazz and shows off her curly locks in their natural form which was how it was during the Love & Other Drugs screening in East Hampton, New York.
July 19, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Actress/model YAYA DACOSTA attends the New York premiere of 'The Extra Man' held at the Village East Cinema. © Red Carpet Pictures

Paired with a sheer snake-print jumpsuit, black peep-toe pumps & an array of silver bangles Yaya’s look was unique & certainly eye-catching. But what made it even more extraordinary were her delicate pairs of dangling feather earrings. I smell a signature style here as Yaya has always completed her look with feathery bling in previous occasions. I say pairs because she donned not one but two pairs of feather earrings, the first one in black and the second one in green, which hung stylishly from her second shot on the top of her ears.

Amongst all the flashy bling out there, designers are slowly returning to earthy styles in line with the global Green awareness and feather jewelry is one trend that’s catching on fast amongst those who want to go for a natural but alluring look. You can even incorporate feathers into necklaces and bracelets as well. If you really want to spice up an evening look, try peacock feathers for a vibrant and dramatic effect.

In an interview, Yaya said “Whether people are wearing their hair naturally because it's trendy or it means something to them doesn't really matter because the point is that it's the new acceptance of self. It's about loving yourself for who you are, and then going out and exploring other things." Well said girlfriend! With that in mind go ahead and strut those feathers with style!
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