When you live in Los Angeles, it goes without saying that you need to be on the cutting edge of fashion just to blend in. This city is so style-centric that even the meter maids are working hard to look fierce. Almost everyone knows the best boutiques and thrift stores to find the most fashion-forward clothes — but when it comes to accessories, many Los Angelites are wandering around in the dark.
Accessories are what make or break an outfit, so knowing where to find the perfect pendant or a terrific timepiece will give you access to unparalleled chicness. The next time you’re wandering around Melrose Avenue, be sure to step into a few of these stores and take a look at the up and comers in the world of jewelry.
Open for more than 40 years, Maya has been providing Los Angelites with some of the most diverse and unique jewelry the world has to offer. Their selection changes regularly, as people carry in and out one-of-a-kind pieces unavailable anywhere else, but you can usually find a good choice of men’s and women’s rings as well as a plethora of wooden crafts (which aren’t jewelry, but exceptional and eye-catching all the same).
Maya also boasts the city’s largest selection of body jewelry, so if you’re searching for a new stud, plug, chain, or hoop for any of your body piercings, step in here before you go anywhere else.
If you have a more narrow scope — say, timepieces — you might need a more specialized shop, but luckily Melrose boasts the city’s absolute best watch store. Altivo has a fiercely devoted base of loyal customers because Altivo on Melrose Avenue sells only the highest quality timepieces, but they are willing to work with any budget. Though the vast selection of watches within Altivo may be daunting to some first-time watch buyers, the exceedingly helpful employees are trained to match you with the perfect style, so you’ll leave happy and confident in your purchase. They can move seamlessly from top designer watches like Fossil and Diesel to practical and fitness brands like Luminox and G-Shock; trust us, Altivo can fill all your watch-related needs.
You might know Resurrection for its unbelievable grabs in vintage clothing. Hands down, they have some of the best selection in the world when it comes to collectible and vintage styles. However, few people stop to ogle the jewelry counter, and this is more than just a shame — it’s a mistake.
While generally the more memorable jewelry trends of the past don’t exactly hold up well with modern tastes, hundreds of designers have created timeless pieces that are just as beautiful and desirable today as they were when introduced. Browse old collections of Hermes, Chanel, and others to find those knock-out pieces to complete your ensemble. Additionally, don’t miss store owner Katy Rodriguez’s beautiful creations mixed in with the bunch; her line of jewelry earns you style points without taking a big bite out of your budget.
4. Kelly Wearstler
Not yet a household name in the fashion world but still rising high all the same, Kelly Wearstler just recently opened her flagship store on Melrose to raucous applause. This world-famous interior designer has expanded her talents to include fashion and jewelry as well, and her shop has it all, from large sectionals to delicate dangle earrings. Kelly’s jewelry isn’t old, but it is eclectic and cutting-edge; you’re unlikely to see pieces like hers anywhere else in the city.
You’re likely to find items in each of her three current collections (mélange, classic, and fine) that call your name, so it’s best to come with outfits in mind, or you might find yourself with more rings than you were expecting to buy.
5. Jewels by Alex
Out of all of the shops listed, this one probably resembles most closely what one imagines as a jewelry store. The store features comfortable seating, lighted display cases, and jewels glittering everywhere the light touches. While Jewels by Alex might appear from the outside like a bargain-box jewelry shop, they are hiding real gems within.
This family-owned company scours the city for the best styles and quality stones, so you can be sure you’re getting a unique and valuable piece. The knowledgeable staff is exceptional at pairing pieces with people, so even if you don’t know what you want, they do.
While we love Thanksgiving, it’s common knowledge that the day after might just be one of the best days of the year to score some killer sales. While it’s possible to score big, be careful not to get caught up in the chaos and excitement as not every sale is really the best. Experts say this is a great time to purchase electronics and high end items, but other gifts such as sweaters and sneakers might actually get cheaper closer to the holidays! Want in on the shopping fun but are unwilling to wake up at 3am and lose some precious family time? You’re in luck; the following Monday, which is now known as Cyber Monday, provides some fantastic deals online!
While we’re sure our cult fashion favorites won’t lose their hefty price tags completely, these are the items that we’ll be on the look out for:
The Burberry Sandringham Slim Fit Trench Coat: regularly $1,795
Why we love it: This iconic coat has a rich military history which is reflected in the epaulettes on the shoulder, the gun flap fastens at the chest and a storm shield cover on the upper back. Made of tightly woven yet lightweight breathable cloth, the coat is protective against wind and rain. Made in England, this coat was originally designed by Thomas Burberry back in 1879! The Sandringham takes this classic coat and updates it slightly with a slimmer fit that nips in at the waist. The details and tradition of the coat, paired with the famous Burberry check, have landed this item on our must have list.
A blended Burberry scarf: regularly $395
Why we love it: These lightweight scarves look great paired with a classic trench or all on their own. Try the Check Wool Silk Scarf in Trench Check or The Check Wool Silk Gauze Scarf in Stone Check. No matter which material feels better to you (or which you can find a better deal for) you can’t lose!
Céline Leather Mini Luggage Tote: regularly $2,900 and up
Why we love it: It’s hard to go wrong with such a beautiful roomy structured tote. It looks great in almost every style and color from black pebbled leather to a pop of burgundy. Be wary though, Céline still doesn’t sell bags online and only certain stores sell them. (Call Barney’s or Nordstrom to see if the store near you carrie.s Céline or if you’re lucky enough to live in a big city, check there website. They have a few boutiques in Manhattan and other major cities as well as the Céline salon at Bergdorf Goodman in NY.)
Louboutin Stilettos: regularly $795- $845
Why we love them: They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts but when it comes to shoes it’s the bottom! There’s nothing more fashionable and recognizable then those red soles. For a great nude peep toe try Flo, which features a petite platform and comes in a range of “nudes” from light Lea to the darker Ada. Or opt for a classic pump such as the New Simple Pump which is sure to be your next go-to shoe.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag: regularly $4,900
Why we love it: Chanel is the epitome of fashion. It’s classic, timeless and only gets better with age. Some people literally purchase Chanel purses as investment pieces. With its quilted design, double C closure, and chain link handle, this Chanel bag goes with everything.
They say, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” New York is a tough place to find your artistic voice, but only because it’s brimming with creativity. From music and art to fashion and theater, the city is practically dripping in creative juices.
The Demiurge Awards (pronounced dem-ee-urj) was developed to honor those who push boundaries across all platforms in part by the Skinny NYC. The word demiurge was originally taken from the latinized Greek word for artisan, demiourgos. The award was established to give recognition to those who create, produce and encourage business in New York City, through art and innovation.
Kate Stoltz of TLC’s hit reality show Breaking Amish was the first recipient of the Demiurge award on October 28th at Lair in New York City. The award, which commends Stolz’s growing modeling career under the model management powerhouse, Major Models, as well as her work in the field of fashion design.
Stoltz relocated from a small Amish town in Pennsylvania to the big city and has traded in her traditional garb for something a little more glam. While living in the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, Stoltz shares that her and her friends used to wear jeans under their dresses, and would ditch the Amish attire once they got into town. Sewing practically all her own clothes since the young age of nine, Stoltz can still be seen sporting her own creations.
With a love of textures and patterns, Stoltz collection is anything but drab. Straying away from her Amish roots, the collection features crop tops, fitted skirts and flared dresses. While her clothing may not be accepted in the Amish community, she does pay homage to her upbringing with a collection of genuine Amish quilts.
Not only was Stoltz dressed to the nines in her black textured dress embellished with a gold zipper down the back that almost felt risqué but Stoltz enlisted the help of some models and notable attendees to help show off her latest creations.
Special guests included Lifetime Girlfiends Intervetion’s Tracy Balan, designer Henry Picado, and model Mercedes Edison who all graced the black carpet in support of Stoltz.
The Skinny NYC presented the event in conjunction with tdr television, and the event, held at the chic spot Lair, was sponsored in part by whatthedoost.com, cooperatize.com and tazaq. In particular, the Skinny NYC holds events to continue their mission to pay tribute to New York- based forward thinkers in media, visual arts, performing arts, fashion, business, and philanthropy. The Skinny NYC began as a 5-minute entertainment interview segment broadcasted in Canada, Upstate New York, and northern Pennsylvania from 2008-2010. The now digital publication provides New Yorkers and the rest of the world with a taste of entertainment, fashion, music, lifestyle, tech, and beauty from the city that never sleeps. With over 318k hits and 3k unique visitors each day, The Skinny NYC is your one-stop for all things New York!
Talking about the runway trends in New York, London, Milan and Paris, it seems like loud chunky metallic and stone jewelry is much in vogue.
Be it sexy beach bikini belly waist charms, lucky charm necklaces, gold body chains, gold rings or funky beaded bracelets, Bikini Luxe introduces its amazing fashion jewelry to walk in style for fall fashion.
The collection features bold arm and hand fashion accessories that goes with the defining 2014 fall trends. Amazing and chunky gladiator inspired gold bracelet are a part of the upcoming Bikini Luxe fall 2014 trends.
Go for the chunky Sunset Beaded Bracelet with your favorite funky outfit or pair it off with the bright and funky beach prints. Make sure you talk it all bold with Bikini Luxe Jewelry this season!
Other must-haves for the season are the well-defined chunky stoned rings. You can also check out the Bikini Luxe “Monroe” Ring, the statement jewelry to endorse that much out-there kind of a look.
Keep it bold, keep it funky and keep it well defined!
Let your jewelry do the talking this season by grabbing some of the exquisite, well-finished collection at Bikini Luxe. The fine edges and the soft finish will surely give you a green signal as far as quality assurance is concerned.
Walk in trend and style by complementing your outfit with the most alluring pieces from the
I hate to break it to you, but you’re wearing your boots wrong! Not only your boots but your leggings and crop tops too. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Or rather you’re not putting your body in the best light by ignoring some basic rules about your clothing. So avoid falling victim to our list of outfit faux pas and look taller, leaner, classier, and all around better!
Don’t wear a long skirt and high boots. You want to show a little leg (or tights/leggings) otherwise it will make your legs look thick and short.
Do wear a hemline that is flattering and appropriate but that doesn’t hit the boot. That little sliver of skin (or flash of tights) will elongate you and make your legs look slimmer.
Don’t wear them as if they were pants! They are NOT pants!
Do put them under long shirts and short dresses! Think of them as thick, opaque comfortable tights.
Don’t show off too much skin at once. A crop top with a short skirt and your stomach hanging out (no matter how flat your abs are) looks a little too risqué. Add a pair of over the knee boots and it comes across as very Pretty Woman.
Do pair a crop top with high waisted pants or a skirt. Showing just a little peek of skin will make you feel sexy but still look classy. Plus if you’re insecure about your midriff, a crop top with a high waisted bottom will show the skinniest part of your waist, making it a great choice, even if you aren’t a size zero.
It’s Halloween, which means it’s a great time to do something a little different. I’m sure you have your costume already (You did get a costume… right?!?!) or you’re prepared to throw something together quickly. But why not infuse a little Halloween spirit into your manicure?
That sexy school girl costume or voluptuous cop uniform probably isn’t work appropriate but with a few coats of polish you can bring the fun of the season anywhere including to the office! No ghost or pumpkin nail art here, these are all adult manicures. Best part is you can pick up everything you need for one of these creations at your local pharmacy.
Here are our top combinations:
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pumpkin Queen = A Halloween take on a classic French manicure.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost + Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Little Black Lace = Goul-ish lace nails
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Scaredy Matte + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost = Modern matte nails of the night
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Big Glitter in Costume Glitters = Party-ready “Time Warp ” nails.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fur-ankenstein = Monster accent nails!