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Virgins, Saints, & Angels Tribal Pendant Necklace Closeup

Stacking Necklaces with Virgins, Saints, & Angels

On a recent trip to the fab Swag jewelry store in NorthPark Center, we happened upon the heavenly Tribal Crystal Milagro Pendant ($295) & Tribal Bicone Necklace ($317) by Virgins, Saints, & Angels. These necklaces are amazing on their own, but they are a real show-stopper when stacked together.

Virgins, Saints, & Angels Tribal Pendant Necklace Closeup

The delicate strands of black diamond crystals on the Tribal Bicone Necklace provide a lovely backdrop for the large Tribal Crystal Milagro Pendant. Not only is the large scale of the black diamond crystal pendant impressive, but we were mesmerized by the unusual cushion cut of the center stone and the blessed Vatican coins that dangle from the bottom of the pendant. I am envisioning wearing these beautiful, hand-crafted pieces with–everything!

The beauty of these objets d’envy is they are special enough to accompany a cocktail dress, or you can wear them every day for a chic sense of spirituality. Purchase these two dazzlers as-is, or customize your own piece with choice of medallions, finish, crystal colors, and more. Contact owner Lisa Alfieri at the Dallas location of Swag 214-691-0123. Pieces are also available online at www.lovemyswag.com.

Virgins, Saints, & Angels Tribal Pendant Necklace at SWAG

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.

BCBG Rhinestone Knot necklace

Bling Abounds at BCBG

BCBG Rhinestone Knot necklace

BCBG Rhinestone Knot necklace $168 (Sold out online, may still be available in stores)

My secret to stand-out style is statement jewelry pieces. I have two uniforms — a knit top and jeans or an LBD — and both rely on a few well-placed conversation-starter pieces. “Statement” pieces are nothing new of course, but I just can’t get enough of them.

When accessorizing with statement jewelry, I suggest choosing one focus for each jewelry zone.

  • Tiara Town (head and neck): If I wear a large necklace, then the earrings will be small and not matchy-matchy. If I wear large shoulder-duster earrings, then I forgo the necklace altogether. Note: If you actually wear a tiara in public (rare but I have), then you might as well wear the whole she-bang. Why not? :)
  • Jewelry Joints (fingers and wrist): If I wear large rings or multiple rings, I keep it simple on the wrist or forgo bracelets entirely. If I am stacking bracelets for an arm party, I will choose just one ring on that hand.

There are many statement jewelry options these days, and some of my favorites are at BCBG. With a gift certificate lingering in my wallet since Christmas, I recently took a trip to the BCBG store in NorthPark Center mall in Dallas, TX. I showed more restraint that I would have liked, but not as much as I should have… I came home with both the Rhinestone Knot necklace and the Fringe Collar necklace. Here are some of the blingy lovelies we visited at BCBG.

BCBG Fringe Collar necklace

BCBG Fringe Collar necklace $88 (Sold out online, may still be available in stores)

BCBG Three-Finger ring

BCBG Three-Finger ring (Sold out online, may still be available in stores)

BCBG crystal knuckle-ring clutch

BCBG crystal knuckle-ring clutch $118 (Sold out online, may still be available in stores)

BCBG insider notes: All jewelry sales are final. Good to remember before taking the plunge. Also, if you see a piece that is sold out online, check the site periodically or call the stores. It takes some time and research, but I have tracked down some sold out pieces by being persistent.

Adia Kibur Clear Transformers necklace

Transformers Necklace by Adia Kibur

Adia Kibur Clear Transformers necklace

After over a year of searching, I found this Transformers statement necklace by Adia Kibur from several seasons ago. It’s made of pieces of lucite connected with metal plates and screws covered in crystals. Last time I checked the site, the necklace was already sold out on RichxRuse, but you could contact them to see if they are going to get some more in. They are super helpful ladies!

It’s the perfect blend of geek and chic… I LOVE it! What do you think? Is it too big? too blingy? Is that even possible? :)

After I was unsuccessful finding this piece myself, I turned to Twitter for assistance, and the Twitterverse came to the rescue. Head over to My Brain on Shuffle for the story.

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Bling Abounds at YSL

Many people go to Las Vegas to gamble. Not so for the bling twins! During a recent girls’ trip to Vegas, we spent time exploring the amazing hotels and the shops… oh the shops. Here are some shots from a fantastically fun time at the YSL boutique. I am in love with the YSL Arty ring collection ($250 each). Anyone want to send me the gold with black/gold stone Arty ring? Bueller? Bueller?

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Stein-Mart Pendant Necklace

My Not-So-Secret Discount Jewelry Place

For trendy jewelry, I prefer not to spend a small fortune. We all know that Target has great, inexpensive jewelry lines, and here in Dallas, we also have Sam Moon for cheaper jewelry. But it’s good to have an out-of-the-way discount treasure trove that no one knows about. I’m about to share one … Once a month, I go to Lewisville to get my hair done (30 minute drive and totally worth it), and I always go to the Stein Mart on Main Street in Lewisville. For some reason, this particular location has 4 times as much jewelry as other locations, so I usually find a lil something for me or Shannon or one of the Glossy Posse girls.

This last trip, I found lots of pieces with a lady-like retro vibe which would be fun for the Mad Men trend this Fall. All of the pieces below are under $30 each. They are a lil too prim and proper for me, but maybe I should branch out? Which piece do you like?

Stein-Mart Pendant NecklaceStein-Mart NecklaceStein-Mart Ring

Stein-Mart Bracelet

Renee Rouleau Ring

Fellow Blingista: Renée Rouleau

Renee Rouleau RingLast night, Shannon and I attended the F2 TALK with Renée Rouleau (pronounced roo-LOW) held by The Fashionistas. Not only is Renée a trusted skin care expert and celebrity esthetician… she wears bling! While she was detailing her top 5 skin care myths, tips for handling brown spots and acne, answering Q&A and much much more, we were mesmerized by her ring pictured above.

I have followed Renée’s tips on her Renée Rouleau web siteFacebook and Twitter for over a year and find the information to be extremely helpful. I am a tell-it-like-it-is (perhaps in a sweet Southern accent) kind of gal, so I appreciate her straight-forward approach to answering skin care questions — focused on helping each individual attain the best skin possible. I will be booking a facial soon (a generous gift to attendees of the F2 TALK) and asking lots of questions about handling my particular set of skin issues. She has inspired me to pay more attention to my skin… we all need the best canvas possible to showcase our bling, right?

Bling on a Budget: Interested in your own large bling ring? She couldn’t remember the designer of her ring, so I have made some suggestions below.

Juicy Couture Midnight Swag RingJuicy Couture ‘Midnight Swag’ Pyramid Cluster Ring ($88) at Nordstrom.

Tarnish Statement RingTarnish Statement Ring ($38) at Nordstrom.

September is Skin Care Awareness Month! Learn more about caring for your skin by visiting her Renée Rouleau web siteFacebook and Twitter.

Mawi Red Teardrop Skull Earrings

Can Skulls Be Dainty? Mawi Red Teardrop Skull Earrings

Mawi Red Teardrop Skull EarringsThe Red Teardrop Skull earrings by Mawi are a fab way for a rocker-chic fashionista to work in this Fall’s ladylike jewelry trend. At first glance, these are pretty classic earrings featuring pearls, CZs and crystals… but then up close… boom!… you see small silver skulls at the top of the red crystal drops.

In the picture, the crystal drops look bright pink instead of red, but either way they are worth a try if you are a rocker girl (or want to unleash your inner rocker girl). Available on Charm and Chain ($156.75). Earrings also available in blue. Necklace versions available as well.

Bling on a Budget:

Ruby Chandelier Mizdragonfly EarringsHow cute are these?!?! Ruby Chandelier Earrings ($45.00) by Mizdragonfly. Available on the Mizdragonfly Etsy shop. Pendant version also available.

Crystal Bow Necklaces

One Designer, Two Price-Points: Dana Lorenz Bow Crystal Necklaces

Crystal Bow NecklacesOne of these necklaces was worn by Michelle Obama on the cover of Elle magazine last year. Can you tell which one?

FLOTUS wore the one on the left! The necklace on the left is by Fallon ($682), and the one on the right is FENTON/FALLON™ for J.Crew ($295). These two lines are from the brilliant design-mind of Dana Lorenz. Both necklaces feature silk ribbons, glass and crystal beads, and multiple chains. From the descriptions, the only differences appear to be the type of metals used for the chains and the fact that the bows are removable on the more expensive item. While the $300 price-point isn’t cheap, it’s a fantastic option at over half the price of the original.

LEFT: The Fallon Khaki Crystal Bow Necklace is available on Charm and Chain ($682) and is also available in Multicolored Midnight. RIGHT: The FENTON/FALLON™ for J.Crew Carrington Crystal Bow Necklace is available on J.Crew ($295) and is also available in Dark Charcoal.

Swarovski Blue Hyacinth Pendant

Swarovski Autumn/Winter 2010-2011: Hyacinth Blue Pendant

Swarovski Blue Hyacinth PendantThe new Swarovski collection is amazing… and no, it’s not just because I am in love with all things Swarovski. Creative Director Nathalie Colin was “inspired by Nordic landscapes, icy horizons and frozen expanses” for the Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 collection. (See the collection overview.)

Doesn’t the Hyacinth Blue Pendant look like a sparkling block of ice sitting in a frozen lake? Yep, my brain really does think that way. The large Barock-cut Moonlight crystal is surrounded by a pave gradiation of crystals from black to blues to clear. The pave effect is achieved using a Swarovski-exclusive Pointiage® setting where crystals are set into epoxy resin by hand.

The Hyacinth Blue Pendant would be beautiful with a navy cocktail dress or even a more casual look like a charcoal button-down blouse and blue jeans. The pendant is available on Swarovski ($220.00). Also in the Hyacinth Blue collection: Necklace ($550), Pierced Earrings ($90), and Ring ($240).

KJL Cutting Edge Pendant Bling on a Budget:
When I review a pricey item, I try to provide a lower-priced item that is comparable in style — see the KJL Cutting Edge Pendant (picture to the right) by Kenneth Jay Lane. The Cutting Edge Pendant is available on QVC ($79.50). While this pendant doesn’t have the color gradiation of the Swarovski, the shape is very similar. Kenneth Jay Lane’s pieces are usually stunners and full of sparkle.