Be Inspired by Country Strong

A horseshoe necklace with a sprinkling of diamonds combines the simple and the flashy elements of Nashville-inspired style.With Oscar season approaching, much of the Awards Show buzz has centered around Country Strong, a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Leighton Meester. Women can prepare for the movie’s nationwide release on January 7 by sporting country-western themed jewelry.

Whether you choose a casual or glamorous approach, experts insist that you execute the look with precision and authority.

“The country look these days is very put together – not a hair or a lash out of place,” Sherri Laurence, Country Strong’s head makeup artist, told Allure magazine.

Women can go all out or choose one charm or piece. A gold horseshoe pendant is a great way to subtly embrace a western style, and it’s versatile as well – the piece pairs just as perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt as it does with a more formal ensemble.

While simple gold items are great for gals who are ready to ride horseback, Nashville is also known for glitz and glam. Ladies looking to make a flashier statement can pile on the diamonds to rock this look on a big night out.

Gray & Gold, the Uncommon Color Combo That Shines

Gold earrings will warm up a gray outfit.Gray is a popular shade this season – softer than black, richer than white. But while the hue is often paired with silver, adding some gold accessories will offer your outfit a burst of color and infuse the look with warmth.

A gold pendant is a great way to break up an all-gray ensemble. Pendants look especially stylish when worn against a solid gray turtleneck or a simple long-sleeved t-shirt. Avoid wearing a long necklace with a garment that features an elaborate pattern as the pendant is likely to get lost in an ornate design.

A gold watch is a timeless accessory that will add warmth and flash without compromising the outfit's sophistication. Sport the timepiece with a gray sheath dress for a work-appropriate look that boasts a subtle amount of shine.

Finally, gold chandelier earrings will heat up a gray formal ensemble. Look for super sparkly items that will sizzle.

Feather-inspired jewelry is trendy and perfect for summer

Feather-inspired jewelry is stylish and trendy.Incredible feather-inspired pieces have been spotted on A-list celebrities and hip girls all around town.

Women who want to indulge in this trend have many different options available to them. Pendants in this shape are extremely in vogue at the moment – Jennifer Aniston was spotted with a gold one recently while out and about in L.A.

Search for a feather-inspired pendant in your favorite metal to add some sparkle to your work ensemble. For nighttime, the piece can be dressed up with a pair of diamond-studded earrings or a flashy cocktail ring.

Feather-shaped earrings will flatter women of all ages. Wear them at the office, out on the town, or even with jeans and a blouse while running errands.

Of course, the key is to be discerning when embracing this trend. Only wear one feather-shaped item at a time and choose high-quality pieces.

Choose timeless heirloom pieces for the women in your life

Pearls: A classic heirloom piece Many men feel a lot of pressure when it comes to picking out heirloom jewelry for the women in their lives. Whether they’re worried about choosing a piece that suits their wives’ tastes or picking out an item that their daughters will like, there are a lot of things to consider.

Guys – you can’t go wrong with the classics. Simple and elegant pearl earrings and necklaces are timeless and will last the women you love their whole lives, as will diamond studs or rubies. Beautiful pieces now can become family heirlooms later.

A plain gold pendant with a family crest engraved on it, or a meaningful family motto inscribed inside, will make for a considerate and touching gift. Women will appreciate the thought behind it as much as they love the look of it.

Search for subtle jewelry that won’t go out of fashion, and the women you love will wear these items forever!

Fashion Advice From: Teachers

Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!
Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!

Next to parents, teachers may very well be the most important people in our kid’s lives. They care for them five days a week for almost 10 months out of the year. Teachers can teach us a thing or two about a professional yet easy care style.

I recently sat down with my teacher friend Robin (she’s 37) and asked her about her casual chic style. Here’s what she shared with me:

What’s one piece of jewelry that you think is a “must have”?
Other than my wedding rings, it has to be earrings. I think it’s good to keep earrings classic and simple. I generally stick with smaller diamond or pearl earrings – nothing too dangly or flashy. I want to be taken seriously by parents and co-workers. More conservative jewelry helps me do that. I have a pair of sapphire earrings my husband gave me for my birthday one year that I wear all the time!

Do you ever feel that you slip into the “schoolmarm” look?
Ha! Teaching is fast paced and you have to be ready for anything. So expensive and fancy clothes will just get ruined. No high heels here! I think that be taking fresh fabrics and a more sporty approach keeps me from looking like a fuddy-duddy.

What about necklaces?
Well, long necklaces are problematic. If you lean over students to check their work, you can hit them in the head with a long necklace! I wear a diamond solitaire pendant a lot. It has a shorter chain that keeps it out of the way. I also wear a shorter pearl necklace a lot too.

What about the kids? Do you see any fashion trends popping up in what the kids wear to school?
Well, I am constantly surprised at what parents let their kids wear to school! Seriously, they must be really busy in the morning or have given up the fight. A lot of kids are wearing bright colors and lots of stripes – both are not good for me! Of course girls still love flashy costume jewelry and I have to ask them to put it back in their book bags all the time. I think what I like best about working with young people is their fresh attitude. They mix things up and see the world with optimistic eyes. It’s really the best part of my job – the kids.

Locket Jewelry Hers and His!

Sterling silver polished locket cufflinks - a great gift!
Sterling silver polished locket cufflinks - a great gift!
The one piece of jewelry that is so incredibly personal to anyone that owns one is a locket. Lockets have been around for hundreds of years and during all that time they have been used for many things. Lockets are generally associated with pendants that are worn on a chain (it keeps the charm close to your heart), but lockets were often used on a ring as well.

Today even men can wear lockets – as cufflinks. Timeless and sophisticated, these elegant cufflinks show of the classic beauty of sterling silver to perfection. Gleaming silver is exquisitely crafted into a dramatically simple design that requires no outside adornment to take away from the pictures he chooses to place inside.

In the past a locket was used to carry around small things that had some value to the wearer. Medicine could be kept inside them as well as poison! Lockets were also used by those who held certain beliefs in herbs and like charms to ward off evil and sickness. The hair (a lock!) or ashes of loved ones was often kept inside a locket as one of many items kept as a keepsake.

Lockets were often used to put a miniature hand painted picture inside. These tiny images of the person inside were very tedious work, but done by an expert artist the result was a beautiful work of art. In the past hundred years or so is when the most popular use for lockets developed so to speak. Placing photographed pictures inside them became their most common use and photos could be had by almost anyone.

The Victorian era was an extremely popular time for the locket. They used the locket for a jewelry piece as much as for their storage capacity. The heart locket was very fashionable. These lockets were made in some very elegant ways. Monogramming a locket was one way to personalize the piece even more. They could be set with gemstones or pearls and the finest metals were used for making them. Although in the past lockets had been made from all sorts of metals such as copper, brass, platinum and silver amongst others. Antique and vintage lockets are very collectible for jewelry lovers.

Lockets are still widely available today and can be bought in many styles. The techniques used for making lockets have improved over time, but they are still delicate, which really only adds to their beauty. They still make as lovely a gift for someone you love as anything you could give them in the way of jewelry.

What’s better than a blanket with sleeves?

Cute Red Enamel Heart Pendant
Cute Red Enamel Heart Pendant
Goodness! This February sure has been a rough weather month for many parts of the country. You may very well be reading this today from the comfort of you home and enjoying a “snow day” from work. Considering all this cold weather, this Valentine’s Day you may be tempted to give one of those “blankets with sleeves” that strangely have sold like hotcakes this year. Well, save your money! Nothing warms the heart and soul like a thoughtful gift of jewelry for Valentine’s Day.

So, instead of frumpy lounge wear, get your sweetheart a gift from the heart. A red enamel heart pendant is just the thing. At just $50, it won’t break the bank either. The round cut diamond on this heart pendant add a special sparkle to any outfit.

The one thing Jewelry and the you-know-what have in common is that they’ll always be the right size (although it is possible that your lady may think the gemstones and diamonds should be bigger!) Do yourself a favor and cross the “will it fit” worries off your list. If your sweetheart has a more sophisticated style, take a look at this freshwater cultured pearl and carnelian bracelet. This chunky bracelet is perfect for daytime wear but will add a touch of sexy red to an evening ensemble too. Can we say “Date Night”?

For the ultimate red jewelry for Valentine’s Day, you have to go for rubies. Get in good with a gift of this ruby sterling silver heart pendant. With 20 bright red rubies, this pendant shows up a dozen red roses any day.