Saturday, March 24, 2012

Name That Shoe

I love these shoes!  I love how they wrap around my feet like they're cradling them.  I'm not sure if they qualify as booties, sandal booties, or sandals, but I think of them as booties.  These shoes are about two years old.  They came in this style and a flat.  The prize, once again, is the pair of earrings below.  Winner will be drawn from correct entries.  Name the designer of these shoes!

Studded shoes

Side view (notice the kitty showing off his leg, too.)
Prize earrings 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Do Do Birds & Baubles

I love Pomellato's Do Do line of charms and all the fun combinations that can be made in bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  The charms, mostly of animals, each have a meaning, like totems, and when strung on a cord with small beads in silver, yellow and rose gold create a very trendy, cool style.  A little bohemian, but the tri colored gold and silver combinations are also very Caribbean-Euro and remind me of winter break in St. Martin with my dad when all the French jewelry stores showcased tri colored gold. 

I stumbled on the Do Do line a number of years ago in Bergdorf's and ended up getting a parrot necklace for myself and a horse necklace for my mom since those are our passions (or money pits, however you choose to look at it).  Then, as fate would have it, a couple years ago I attended a charity event at the Pomellato store and purchased an octopus necklace.  I love octopei and part of the purchase price went to the charity--double bonus!  Bloomingdale's also has a Do Do counter and for the past couple of years, every time I passed by I stopped to look at the charms, but resisted the lure of the glittering gold.  One day they were stringing a bracelet for a customer and I loved the look.  The temptation proved too great so I recently designed three bracelets using animals that have special meaning for me:  cat, dog, horse, chick and owl.  They look great worn next to my two tone watch.  The coolest part is that no one in the whole world will have exactly the same ones, because I put together the combination of charms and beads myself.  And, if I ever tire of them I can have them restrung on another color cord or turned into a necklace or earrings to be worn in a new and different way.

Do Do bracelets

Monday, March 19, 2012

Stylin' Styling

I did a costume jewelry styling for a friend in media yesterday.  She sometimes makes tv appearances and wanted to update her look with some bold, colorful pieces.  I took her to one of my secret sources for inexpensive costume jewelry.  We had so much fun and she got some fabulous statement pieces.  They look amazing on her, I can't wait to see her wearing them, hopefully on tv!

And, while I was shopping for her, of course I pulled some pieces for the 'Minton collection.'  Lol...

Stunning necklace in goldtone with burnt orange stones

Art Deco style black enamel and rhinestone bracelet

Color me beautiful fun, flirty bead necklace

Trendy earrings in fuschia

Kaleidoscope earrings in shades of pink and purple

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Contest Time!

Time to test our readers' shoe IQ!  In the late '90's a top design house designed these shoes.  I was inspired to buy them when I saw a megastar singer wearing a pair of similar ones adorned with butterflies on the pages of In Style magazine.  When I got to the store the butterfly ones were sold out, so I bought this pair with dragonflies.

Dragonfly shoes

Swarovski crystal dragonfly detail

To win this contest, and the pretty costume earrings below, you must name the design house.  In the event there is more than one correct entry I will place the winning names in a hat and have a drawing.  If you can also name the singer who wore the butterfly version your name will be placed in the hat twice, thus increasing your odds of winning.  Naming the singer and not the designer does not count as a winning answer.  Naming the designer and getting the singer's name incorrect will not eliminate you.  The contest will end on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5 pm.  Good luck!

Contest prize!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cuckoo for Cockatoos

I got these earrings at a small boutique in Katonah a few years ago.  When I saw them I had to have them for obvious reasons.  Aside from the cockatoos, I also love that they look like vintage bakelite.  Granted I don't have many occasions to wear them, but if I ever feel like channeling Carmen Miranda these are perfect! 

Faux bakelite Cockatoo earrings