Gwyneth Joins Twitter

Every Friday we like to highlight what’s going on in the social world of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogosphere. The latest news that everyone’s excited about is Gwyneth Paltrow joined Twitter!

Her first tweet was a video of the actress welcoming herself to the 21st century by finally joining FB and Twitter. It’s about time but we’re happy she’s here. This switch to the social world is most likely an effort to promote her new blog GOOP where she talks about her favorite places to go, clothes to wear, food to eat and lots of other lifestyle tidbits.

She is definitely one of my favorites. Her chic fashion sense, glamorous jewels, love for food (she recently wrote a cookbook), enjoyable acting especially her comedic guest appearances in Glee are all part of why I love her. What are your favorite acting roles with Gwyneth Paltrow?

We’re looking forward to reading her tweets and don’t forget we’re on Twitter and Facebook too! Join us in the fun.

One Week Left – It’s Great To Be a Gal Sweeps

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in our It’s Great To Be A Gal Sweepstakes so far. For those who haven’t entered yet, you have one week left to enter! ONE WEEK LEFT! Don’t miss out on this sweepstakes!

You can win white, pink and blue diamond stud earrings from Ice.com annnnddd other fabulous prizes from Benefit Cosmetics and Folica.com. Diamond jewelry, hair and beauty products – which girl wouldn’t want to win this?

Enter now! The sweepstakes ends June 9th.

January Jones is a Jewelry Loving Superhero in X-Men

Superheros are on the rise.

This summer we’ll see the premiere of X-Men: First Class which opens this Friday, with Green Lantern on it’s heels. Next summer is set to deliver not only Batman 3, but both a Spiderman and Superman reboot.

All of this is good news for the little tiny geek that still lives in all our hearts.

While Superhero flicks are often the place for manly men to do manly things, the female factor shouldn’t be glossed over, especially in a big ensemble like we’ll see in X-Men.

In this installment of X-Men, January Jones shakes off the shackles of her role as Betty Draper (aka the living embodiment of Betty Friedan’s ‘The Feminine Mystique’ ) in HBO’s Mad Men and gets her groove on as the sexy Emma Frost. The list of other strong actresses who have lent their talents to X-Men includes Halle Berry as Storm, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey and Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.

January Jones is also tackling the additional superhero role of ‘Single Mom’ with a baby due in August. So far, she’s remains mysterious as to who the baby-daddy is, but admits, charmingly, that being preggers gives her the giggles.

But back in fantasy world, as the character of “The White Queen’ Emma Frost, January Jones has about the coolest super power a jewelry lover could ask for. Are you ready for this, people? In addition to being telepathic, she can shape-shift into a diamond. Yes, that’s right. She’s the classiest of all superheros with that one. The diamond form gives her superhuman strength and durability, but it also makes me wonder if she can just shape-shift a tiny bit, into, oh, I dunno, a diamond necklace or diamond earrings she could wear to a party or awards show? And, with her power of telepathy, she’d know exactly who she was impressing.

Ok, I might be getting a little ahead of myself. I’m sure there are worlds to save before we talk about awards shows. While I’m not sure how to feel about the hair January is sporting the picture here, I’m loving the black diamond studs she’s wearing. Black diamonds add a little more mystery to a classic, as I’m sure she’ll do in X-Men.

Hues of Blues on Polyvore

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It’s true of course but in our line of business it’s also “seeing is believing”. One of the comments we get the most at Ice.com is the images of our jewelry do not compare to the beauty of them in person. I couldn’t agree more.

For example, this blue topaz and blue diamond ring is STUNNING in person. I got a chance to try it on the other day and I can’t stop thinking about. Then I came across this Polvore set featuring the ring with an array of green, blue and purple clothing and accessories. I think I just convinced myself to order it ;) What do you think?

5 Bridesmaid Gifts That Won’t Break The Bank

Wedding season is here! With the hilarious new movie Bridesmaids in theaters, it got me thinking of when I’ve been a bridesmaid in the past few years. It really is an honor to be chosen and a lot of fun. I personally love planning bridal events and all that hoopla so it’s such a joy for me but it is a LOT or work. So as a bridesmaid it’s always nice to get a little gift from the bride and groom to say thanks for being a part of their special day.

As my thank you gifts, I’ve always received jewelry and was thrilled with every item. Weddings are of course expensive and you want to show your wedding party that you care within a reasonable price range. Here are five jewelry bridesmaids gifts that would be perfect for your favorite ladies that won’t cost you a fortune.

1. Bangle Bracelets: I may be biased since I bought these in every color but I absolutely LOVE these CZ bangles! They make a gorgeous gift and they only cost $85 each. So depending on your budget you can get them also in Silver or Yellow & Pink Rhodium. Plus for that price you can also get the matching earrings for only $50 in Silver, Yellow or Pink too.

2. Pearls: Yes they are classic, timeless pieces. We’ve heard it all before. So why not get them for your bridesmaids? She doesn’t need to wear them on your wedding day (she can if she wants) but she would really appreciate having them in her collection to dress up a casual outfit or to sophisticate a dressier ensemble. There is a great set of a Pearl necklace & matching earrings on Ice.com for only $95.

3. Drop (dead gorgeous) earrings like these 14 3/8 carat pear shaped CZ earrings will make any bridesmaid stand out…actually the bride should be standing out the most so these would also be perfect for the bride. ;) Not only are they super sparkly but also super affordable at $45.

4. Colorful pendants – Sometimes bridesmaid dresses have very intricate designs and most often come in an array of colors. A nice touch would be to add a simple colorful pendant that matches the dress like these Citrine and Garnet pendants. There’s also matching earrings.

5. Get personal! A great gift idea is getting personalized jewelry with your bridesmaid’s names on a silver or gold pendant. Or you can also get something with their birthstone or zodiac sign.

There you have it! Some inexpensive gift ideas that will make your bridesmaids forgive you for all the bridezilla moments over the last few months.

What’s your favorite bridesmaid gift you’ve received?

Summer Flavors of Ice

Have you noticed anything different with the way we look? That isn’t a trick question like us women often do when we want men to notice a new haircut or when we shed a few pounds.

You may have noticed the summery look of our Ice.com homepage and now we spread the cool flavors to our Facebook Page too. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments :)

Which ice cream (or gemstone) is your favorite flavor?

Kim Kardashian Engaged!

Some of you might have seen a couple of months ago Kim Kardashian was on the cover of OK! Magazine with details of the engagement ring she wanted and details on her wedding. This was all before she was proposed to! We won’t believe the rumor mill that this is true but what is true is that NBA basketball player Kris Humphries proposed to Kim with a 20.5 carat $2 Million Emerald cut engagement ring.”It’s the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. It’s perfect” said Kardashian to People Magazine.

In classic Kim style, the ring is extravagant to say the least. Many of the gossip reports are talking about the expensive price tag of the ring and how it costs half the price of her Beverly Hills home. She is wearing a HOUSE on her finger!

Well she can afford it so who are we to judge. At the end of the day, we wish them all the best.

What do you think of Kim’s ring?

Photo by PR Photos

Oprah – Television Goddess and Fashion Icon

Oh Oprah, who art on television, hollowed be your show…

As we all know, Oprah’s show is ending and, along with it, an era. Greater minds than mine have pontificated on her influence on television and on women at large, on our collective sense of what it means to live a good life and organize our closets. She is – in a word – amazing.

I know she still has the OWN network, O Magazine and everything else, but she’ll be dearly, dearly missed.

Throughout the 25 years she’s developed an iconic fashion presence. She utilizes bold colors, usually in earth tones. She’s also learned how to dress for her body type in a way that loves, rather than hides, her curves.

For jewelry, she often sticks to earrings that are somehow daring and classic at once.  She rarely wears necklaces, and so the slight dangle on the earrings creates a nice balance.

The biggest style tip I think I’ve gotten from Oprah, beyond the embrace-your-body message, beyond the classic-is-never-out-of-style aesthetic, is that, no matter what you’re wearing, you look twice as good when you shine from the inside. The smile on this woman is infectious. Her eyes shine with a kind of joy that is what makes her so irresistible to watch. And irresistibly beautiful.

It’s a good lesson for all of us.

Stay tuned today for Oprah’s last show. We’ll be watching…will you?

Photo by PR Photos

Summer Love Filled With Butterflies

The touch of his hand for the first time. The look in his eyes. Your first kiss. All the ingredients to make you feel like you have a million butterflies fluttering around inside of you. The warm feelings you will cherish forever.

We all feel them sooner or later and often look for ways to remind ourselves of those feelings when they fade away. I know it’s cheesy but I can’t help but think of those first-time moments whenever I see butterflies. Whether they are the real beauties flying around or just when I see pictures of them. It’s such a nice reminder so I obviously thought this Polyvore set was so sweet filled with butterflies.

The set features our new pink rhodium butterfly earrings that I adore. So pretty and perfect for a first date this summer.

J. Lo’s Top 5 American Idol Looks

Jennifer Lopez has reinvented herself once again. From dancer to choreographer to movie actress to pop sensation, she’s now one of the most easy-on-the-eyes American Idol judges. Week after week she looks so great she almost steals the show. Rumor has it that after her contract with the show runs out she may reinvent herself yet again as a celebrity stylist. It’s a natural move from the girl that’s kept our fashion attention since that now-infamous plunging green Versace gown she wore at the Academy Awards in 2000.

In the mean time, J. Lo’s own stylists, Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, have been doing quite well keeping our girl looking great. Here’s a round up of our  top five American Idol J.Lo looks:

5. The red Diane Von Furstenburg blouse with dangly earrings and layered necklaces. She wore this the night that Pia was shockingly eliminated.

4. The Moschino musical note T-shirt she wore during the Milwaukee Auditions that caused many women to search online to find.

3. The 50’s inspired poodle Rodarte skirt – which she updated by shortening the length to mid-thigh she wore on Motown night. She paired it with a light colored sequin Dries Van Noten long sleeved top.

2. The Black Gucci Halter dress she wore the next night on Motown elimination with industrial-esq gold chains grabbing all the attention.

1. The many sexy sequined mini-dresses with oversize hoop earrings and stacked bangle bracelets Jennifer wore throughout the season. It is her trademark look and she pulls it off effortlessly time and time again.

What were your favorite J.Lo looks from American Idol? Don’t forget to watch the finale this week! Good luck to both Lauren and Scotty.

Photo by PR Photo