Tried and True Men’s Jewelry For the Red Carpet

When it comes to awards season, there is so much buzz about whose gowns and jewelry celebrities will be wearing, but the majority of the talk centers around the ladies. In all fairness to the guys who are headed to the many incarnations of the red carpet, they may not have as much of a variety in the formal wear that they have to choose from, but there is a way to kick up their style with their designer suits by selecting some key jewelry pieces to polish off the look.michael oconnor stylelab's SAG Awards Jewelry Lounge
Celebrity Stylist Michael O’Connor, who can be found utilizing his extensive knowledge of jewelry and fashion to help celebrities select the perfect jewelry pieces for all of the red carpet events through the StyleLab Jewelry Lounge, is a proponent of men adding a little bling with accessories like lapel pins, cuff links, and watches to make them stand out in the crowd.

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In this selection from StyleLab, there are colorful jeweled pieces like the bold blue cuff links, Art Deco pieces like the diamond encrusted rectangle lapel pin, or sleek two-tone gold watches from which to choose. You can even see Michael practicing what he preaches, wearing a whimsical grey pearl and diamond spider brooch, as he greets his celebrity clients in LA.

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Taking a look at these men’s accessories on the red carpet scene, we have American actor Adrien Brody, who is sporting the Octo Watch by BVLGARI. It has a great geometric look with the octagonal-shaped watch casing in vibrant gold and matching number markers that jump out, in contrast to the black face. The croco-embossed black leather band just adds to its sexiness.

However, if you are more of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry accessories, then you may want to take a cue from Irish actor Colin Farrell, who in the past made a pair of simple white gold hoops the perfect edgy addition to his suit. Gotta keep that tie tightened up though, buddy!

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Statement Time with 7 Charming Sisters’ White Hot Necklace

When you’re bundled up to your eyeballs and the temperature is somewhere below freezing, it’s hard to stand out. We hear ya! Sure you could run around in stilettos with bare legs and look fabulous while catching pneumonia or hypothermia… or both. But, if you’re anything like us, freezing your tuchas off does not make for a great Saturday night out.

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While we have no influence over the temperature outside, we do have some great tips for staying warm and still making a major statement. How, you ask? With some (ever so appropriately named) statement jewelry. A few precious baubles can turn a cold weather outfit from ho-hum to yum! To help you up your style game we turned to 7 Charming Sisters for the latest in bold necklaces.


Start with a button down shirt and great piece like 7 Charming Sisters’ White Hot Necklace. In the spring or fall leave a few buttons open and let the rhinestones peek out. However, in the winter button the shirt and add the necklace on top.  When it’s really cold, add a sweater for added warmth and major style!

Or jazz up a turtleneck with a little bling.  A statement piece is a great way to enhance a boring turtle neck turning this day staple into something worthy of major style envy. A cozy sweater dress is another great canvas to highlight a few select gems. A comfortable knit will help minimize the chill and a little sparkle will make you party ready, any time.

To get the White Hot Necklace or any of their other statement pieces check out 7 Charming Sisters.

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Review of Egyptian Angles Rings from 7 Charming Sisters

Recently, we had the pleasure of receiving some fine items from a very cute and growing jewelry shop called 7 Charming Sisters.


Apparently formed by seven enterprising ladies, the company aspires to sell amazing (yet afforadable) jewelry designed for women from all classes, creeds, and affects who “aren’t afraid to showcase their style”. Today, we focus on the Egyptian Angles Rings, which consists of a set of 3 stackable golden rings and a wonderful buy for the price.

egyptian-ring-2 Here are the basic facts: Each ring of the Egyptian Angles Rings is made of 10k gold plated metal alloy and hit at ¾” diameter for a size 7. No closure on these and the retail price for the set is $16.99. Now, on to the fashion and fit: I really liked these three-in-one rings! They’re definitely trendy what with accessorization still being hot to trot, and these are especially fun to mix and match. Each ring is the same size, so they are best worn on the ring and middle fingers. The fit runs on the slightly larger side of nearly true to size, which is makes it easy to mix and match.


Now, about the looks: The gold color is as displayed and works beautifully with a casual weekend outfit or dressed up. The bar ring is the outlier- the two triangles nest perfectly together in true stackable fashion, and work equally as well individually. The bar is fine worn individually but all three rings together MIGHT be a bit much. Your mileage may vary though!

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CONTEST: Win a Steel Rose Gold Bracelet From Maria Shireen!!

Happy 2016 everyone! Time for the first contest of the year at! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away a piece of women’s jewelry valued at $45!

Maria Shireen prides itself in producing high quality jewelry, and the items from the Bittersweet Collection are no different. Check out their shop for some examples, especially the rose gold ionized plated finish bracelet that we are giving away!


Now, there’s a few ways to enter for a chance to win. One way is to fill out the form below. Another way is to follow Maria Shireen on Instagram and then fill out the below form, making sure to enter the name/ handle(s) you used to follow MS on social media in the third text field. You can get an additional entry for following on Instagram and giving your email!

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents, 18+ years. One entry per person please. End date is January 26, 2016 at 11:59pm. Email-supplied entries may be added to the Maria Shireen newsletter subscription list upon entry. Good luck, everyone!

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The Hottest Trends in Hip Hop Jewelry

Featuring iced out watches, diamond encrusted pendants and gold chains, hip hop jewelry (or “bling”) has taken the scene by storm and can be seen everywhere from the urban streets to the red carpet to high profile music videos. Though hip hop jewelry has been around since the 1970s, these extravagant styles in this male dominated music scene became more popular after hip hop went mainstream. Today, hip hop jewelry is worn by the biggest rappers in the business, as well as their fans.  Here are some of today’s hottest trends in hip hop jewelry.

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Gold Chains

Gold chains have been a major part of hip hop jewelry since its inception. In the beginning, wearing multiple skinny chains was in, and then later large became the norm. Though many hip hop stars switched over to platinum in the ’90s, gold is still king when it comes to hip hop chains. Gold chains are remain a big seller in hip hop jewlery stores and are often worn by hip hop stars, such as Kanye West, Drake, T.I., Jay-Z and Chris Brown, and countless others.

Diamond Encrusted Pendants

Nowadays, hip hop jewelry is all about the bling, and you can’t have bling without a diamond encrusted pendant. And, of course, diamond pendants are the best way to customize a chain. Diamond gold and platinum pendants have become one of the biggest trends in hip hop jewelry, and they are constantly being rocked by the most famous rappers in the game. One of the most well-known diamond chains is Rick Ross’ Self Chain, which has an estimated value of $1.5 million and features custom-made gold diamond version of himself. Other famous chains include Young Jeezy’s large diamond Certified USDA chain (valued at $100,000), Sean Kingston’s Crayon Chain (valued at $500,000), and T-Pain’s extravagant BAC chain (valued at $410,000).

Iced Out Watches

The hip hop jewelry look isn’t complete without an iced out watch. Pretty much every big rapper can be seen with an iced on watch on their wrist. Whether it’s a signature diamond watch from Rolex or a custom Joe Rodeo, watches are a classic timepiece that adds swagger to any outfit. You’ll want to keep your watch in pristine condition, so consider anti-tarnish products to keep it looking brand new at all times.

Black Diamonds

Along with the traditional white diamond, rappers are icing out their jewelry in black diamonds. Though black diamonds don’t have the same sparkle and sheen as white diamonds do, they give jewelry a bold, stunning and unique contrast. Natural black diamonds are real diamonds that are extremely rare. These precious stones get their black color from the inclusion of graphite that occurs in the crystalline structure during its formation. Along with their color and the inclusion of graphite, black diamonds differ from other diamonds in that they are completely opaque. But, like classic white diamonds, black diamonds look stunning on all kinds of jewelry, including iced out pendants, stud earrings and bracelets. Tons of celebrities can be seen rocking black diamonds, with well-known pieces including Just Blazer’s black diamond encrusted PlayStation 3 controller chain and Nas’ “N” chain made of 50 carats of black and white diamonds.

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These are some of the biggest trends in today’s hip hop jewelry scene. While hip hop jewelry trends have evolved over the years, what they represent has remained unchanged— a rapper’s presence, prestige and accomplishments.

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What The Ladies in Your Life Are Really Wanting for Christmas

With so many people on your list this year, it may seem a little daunting, picking out the perfect present for each one. We’ve compiled our favorite gifts for all the women in your life. With so many great choices, you’re sure to find something for everyone!


For Your Little Sister

MAC irresistible Charming Lip Gloss, in shades of violet, consists of 4 mini swoon-worthy glosses. Play up the sparkle with Like Magic, a clear gloss with silver reflex pearlized pigments or try their subtle shade of mauve called Date with Violet.

Housed in a heart shaped Bohemian-style bottle complete with a crown adornment, Vera Wang Hippie Princess is both fun and fruity. With notes of exotic fruits and gentle florals, this captivating scent is fresh and youthful.

Sephora’s Kissing Stories, a collection of 8 glossy lip pencils will really wow her. From shimmery to downright sparkly, this collection has it all. Besides, ’tis the season to add a little extra shine!

If she has a bubbly personality, she’ll love Lorac’s Pink Champagne Palette. This collection of 4 eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer and blush will easily take her from day to night, no id required.

Sephora’s The Escapader, a rose gold leopard print cosmetic case perfect for the glamour girl on the go.”  With a separate compartment on top for brushes and plenty of room for all her makeup, she’s bound to get lot’s of use from this case, and lot’s of compliments too.


For Your Office Bestie

Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipgloss Double Shot Travel-Size Duo is the perfect partnership of nude and bright. Great for your co-worker who’s always changing her look. Might we recommend getting two, at only $14, you’ll probably want to snag a set for yourself as well!

Make her wish come true this season with Sephora’s Wishes Come True eye and face palette. This inspiring multi-functional palette opens up to reveal 6 eyeshadows, 2 complexion brightening luminators and a fresh pink blush. We love the colors of this palette designed for “winter beauties” and we’re sure she’ll be crazy about these fun named hues too. Our favorites?  Take a Selfie charcoal, Feeling Pretty pink blush and Midnight Magnificence bronze highlighter.

MAC Enchanted Eve Lip palette in pink will take her straight from the office to happy hour drinks. This compact features three dazzling colors, Saint Germain, a soft pastel pink,  Let’s Rendezvous, a darker fuchsia and Wined + Dined, a  deep matte purplish pink.


For Your Aunt, Your Mother or Even Your Mother-in-Law.

Tarte Maracuja Oil is one of our favorite tricks for firmer, smoother-looking skin. Made from natural ingredients without parabens, this quick absorbing oil is a tarte favorite. This season pick up their special edition bottle, all dressed up for the holidays to transform her night table and her skin.

 Perfume is always a favorite, but picking the right scent can be tricky. Bottega Veneta The Knot Eau Florale is sure to be a hit. With amplified notes of rose and peony to transport her to a Mediterranean garden, it’s the perfect choice for the chic, worldly women in your life.

Karen Walker for Sephora’s Amber Craft compact mirror is the perfect gift for the sophisticated woman on your holiday shopping list. Featuring walker’s handcrafted tortoiseshell with filigree designs and 24-karat gold, she’s bound to be fixing her lipstick a lot this year, just to show it off.


For Your Best Friend from Childhood

Give the gift of indulgence this year with Marc Jacobs Decadence. With notes of liquid amber and succulent Italian plum all rounded out with a “sensual woody scent”, this perfume is sure to make an impression. However, even before she smells the rich fragrance, she’s sure to be in awe of the adorable handbag shaped bottle!

Bite’s Luminous crème lipstick duo makes it easy to create the perfect pout ; it’s a double-ended lipstick which comes in two shades. Try a dark daring combo like Scarlet and Mulberry or a bright fun combo like Confection and Marmalade for that friend who’s always the life of the party.

Just like a painter needs a set of paint brushes, a good set of makeup brushes are essential to any masterpiece. bareMinerals Swept away brush set is the perfect set for any makeup aficionado, plus they come in a cute red case with lock and key charm, perfect for storage or on the go.

If she’s a fan of the Urban Decay’s Naked trio, she’ll love Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky palette.  The dark rich colors and pigmented nudes are perfect for any effect, but especially great for the girl who loves a smoky eye. Even makeup novice’s can master the look, with UD’s step-by-step instructions.

Give her more this season with LORAC’s Love, Lust & Lace Full Face Collection sold exclusively at Kohl’s.  This collection features 5 flattering shimmer eyeshadows and 2 matte shades to really enhance your eyes. Also included are two lip gloss shades, a rose pink and a darker raspberry, a black eyeliner and their lengthening Cabra mascara which will surely become her new favorite. What more could a girl ask for?

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