Category Archives: Training Bling

Also called Baby Bling. New to the world of bling? Not sure how much sparkle you are comfortable with? Then this is the level for you.

Vintage Martini vintage pink dress with crystals

Vintage Bling Still Shines Bright

The kind gentlemen who own the Vintage Martini boutique in downtown Carrollton, TX allowed me to preview new inventory before it made its way to the store. Whether you are in search of clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats or handbags, they have wide array of amazing vintage items. Don’t worry… I only bought one necklace, so there’s plenty of goodies waiting on you.

Vintage Martini vintage pink dress with crystals

Vintage pink dress with crystals at Vintage Martini

Take a look at this insanely cool Chado Ralph Rucci jacket over a pink and orange beaded vintage gown. The jacket still has the original Neiman Marcus tag for $18K.

Chado Ralph Rucci jacket

Chado Ralph Rucci jacket originally sold for $18K

Luckily for my wallet, these Jimmy Choo crystal sandals were not my size. *sigh*

Jimmy Choo crystal sandals

Jimmy Choo crystal sandals

I wish my coffee table looked like this… covered in jewels from Kenneth Jay Lane, Givenchy, Stephen Dweck and more. Naturally, I spent most of my time around this table. I have been in search of a bold gold necklace and found a beautiful, hammered, 80s-inspired one. Love it!

Table of jewelry at Vintage Martini
My new gold necklace from Vintage Martini
Vintage Martini ring

I have a huge noggin’ and tons of hair, so I am rarely able to wear hats. That doesn’t stop me from looking and dreaming though. I have never seen so many stunning feathered and embellished hats in one place! I tried to convince Elissa from @DressCourage to buy a Christian Dior hat covered in fiery feathers of orange and red. (Still working on her)

Feathered and embellished hats at Vintage Martini

I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to get into vintage shopping. I had so much fun! If you are in the Dallas area, take some time to see for yourself. Follow Vintage Martini on Twitter at @VintageMartini1.

Video: Fashion’s Night Out 2010 Kick-Off Show

Today is Fashion’s Night Out! Shannon and I are going to be hitting many events at Northpark Mall in Dallas tonight. SUCH a great concept so I’m thrilled Dallas-area stores are celebrating FNO this year. See the Dallas Morning News FNO list for many of the events planned and join in the fun! Not in Dallas? Check the web for events in your area.

Since I’m not in NY (center of FNO universe), I can share in the NYFW fashion show fun through webcasts. Here is the replay of the Fashion’s Night Out NY 2010 event on Sep. 7. This massive fashion show featured both high and low-priced fashion mixed together on 175 models, including 14 supermodels. (Total runtime: 55:37)

Want to skip the intro and go straight to the fashion show? Go to timestamp 20:36.

 

You may want to turn the volume down during the fashion show. Great music, but commentary was a bit distracting. Maybe it is just moi?

Intro interviews: 0:00 – 20:36
Main fashion show: 20:36 – 29:51
Pharrell Williams starts singing: 29:51
Gisele Bunchen starts final walk of gowns (in Marchesa): 30:38
Naomi Campbell in the final gown (my fave Oscar de la Renta): 32:02
End of the show: 34:32
Crowd shots: 34:32 – 38:30
Final interviews: 38:30 – 55:37

I need more!!! Go to Vogue.com for backstage pix.

Set your DVRs!!! There will be a TV special on CBS on Sep. 14 covering the event including backstage access.

Sally Hansen Gunmetal Polish

Heavy Metal: Sally Hansen Gunmetal Polish

Metsy & I are always on the hunt for the perfect nail colors to complement our ever-growing collection of cocktail rings. One afternoon while out running errands, we came across this slightly-rocker, decidedly chic take on the grey trend for this season.

Sally Hansen Gunmetal Polish
I picked up the bottle and was mesmerized by the fabulicious combo of metallic, and blueish-grey liquid calling out to my fingertips. I have tried a couple of grey shades before, but usually my hands looked like they had just been pumped full of formaldehyde and were just waiting for the Lily bouquet to be placed in my rigor mortis grip. This, on the other hand, (pardon the pun;)), is very flattering to most skin tones, and would look ah-mazing with the BCBG knuckle rings we love. This is one of my picks for the season, and will be as much a staple as my signature colossus cocktail rings.

Sally Hansen Gunmetal Polish
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails X-treme Wear Nail Color in Gunmetal. Available at Target or online at CVS.com ($2.24). (PS – The ring is from Target too!)

Video: Swarovski 22 Ways To Say Black at Palazzo Pozzo di Borgo

Swarovski Elements commissioned 22 one-of-a-kind LBDs (little black dresses) adorned with Swarovski crystals for the initiative 22 Ways To Say Black. I’ve been reading about the 22 Ways To Say Black exhibit for a while now and was thrilled to find this video of the launch party held earlier this year at the Palazzo Pozzo di Borgo (Karl Lagerfeld’s former residence).

During New York Fashion Week (Sep. 7 – Sep. 20), you can view the dresses at the New York Meatpacking District outpost of Phillips de Pury & Company. On the evening of September 20, 2010, the LBDs will be auctioned off at Phillips de Pury & Company, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and La ligue nationale contre le cancer in France.

Video cameos include Carine Roitfeld (Paris Vogue) and Margarita Missoni.

Can’t get to the exhibit? You can buy the 22 Ways To Say Black catalog by A. G. Swarovski on Amazon.com ($28.90). Proceeds of the catalog also go to charity. For more information on the initiative, see Swarovski 22 Ways to Say Black.

Athena Alexander Roxi Shoes

Who Cares about Comfort? Say No to Crocs, Yes to Athena Alexander

Athena Alexander Roxi ShoesOk ok… so we all care about comfort, but it’s hard to balance being comfy and still being stylish. Yes, there are many lovers of Crocs or Birkenstocks – those have their usefulness – BUT I want to introduce you to a Blingazon-approved option. Shannon (@shannonbrower) introduced me to them, so I am passing along the wisdom.

The picture doesn’t do them justice, but many galpals who have also purchased the Roxis (hi Jolene and Patti!) can attest to the sparkly goodness of the Athena Alexander Roxi Wedge Sandals. The Roxis are comfortable (cushioned 2 1/2″ wedge) and super cute. There are cheaper versions of this style, but I stick with Athena because these feature leather and real crystals.

Great everyday, throw-on-and-go sandals: Grab the Athena Alexander Roxi sandals in-store or online at Nordstroms ($69.95 – on sale for $49.90). Available in Black, Bronze, Pewter, White, Champagne, Silver, Coral Patent, Yellow Patent.

IMPORTANT: The Roxi sandals run small. I had to order a full size larger, and all but one of my pals has had to order one size up as well.

Swarovski Bella Earrings

Swarovski Bella Clear Crystal Earrings

Swarovski Bella Earrings
When I want a classic look or just can’t decide which earrings to wear, I grab these Bella clear crystal pierced earrings by Swarovski ($65). New to bling? Start out with these sparklers. They are rhodium-plated (no tarnish) and each contains a large bezel-set clear Swarovski crystal. (Also available in Golden Shadow, Black Diamond, and Tanzanite Moonlight on Swarovski.) Bonus – They are lightweight and super comfy even if you are on the phone a lot.

This is the first blog for Blingazon! Instead of a diatribe on what we will be blogging about, we will just start blogging! Take a look. Let us know what you think. What bling do you want to hear about?