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Mujus Jewelry: Accessories with a Purpose

Last year, thanks to the Accessories Council, we were introduced to a fair trade jewelry, Mujus Jewelry, at the preview for their Holiday #ACTopPicks, and we’re happy to get reacquainted with them again. The contemporary jewelry and accessories line, designed by Paola Delgado, is crafted by artisans under fair trade practices in Peru, Ecuador, Vietnam, and other stunning destinations. You can’t help but fall in love with the eco friendly jewelry pieces made from Tagua Nut, a seed from a tree similar to a palm that’s widely known as a sustainable ivory alternative. It’s amazing to see how these ordinary seeds are transformed into the colorful, bold, jewelry designs that Mujus jewelry is known for.

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The first piece we were introduced to was the Bam Bracelet (see first image in the top left corner), a bold and lightweight bracelet featuring polished teardrop-shaped Tagua seeds that are strung together. It was love at first sight for us, and from then on, and it wasn’t difficult to all for other designs like the cascade of color that is the triple strand Niagara Necklace, the eye-catching and modern Sol Color Ring and the Ventana Ring (both of which are made from recycled Tagua), and the Fiesta Necklace, a wonderful mixed material necklace made from a combination of Tagua, bombona seeds, and coconut.

Of course the styles we’ve highlighted are just a sampling of the gorgeous jewelry the artisan brand has available, all of which make excellent Christmas gifts for yourself, and of course loved ones. Would anyone on your list love a piece or two from Mujus Jewelry this holiday? What are your favorite pieces?

Holiday Gifting Made Easy w/ Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks

Getting the perfect holiday gifts for the ones you love can be a difficult thing, luckily when it comes to holiday gift ideas, the Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks has just what you need to make gifting during the holiday season easy. When it comes to what’s new and hot in jewelry, handbags, winter accessories, etc, look no further than the Accessories Council, the national, not-for-profit, accessory advocacy organization. Tis the season for great gifts, so we’re bringing you the latest and greatest holiday gift ideas in jewelry, handbags, scarves, footwear, etc from some of today’s leading brand names and upcoming designers. Ready for some of your new favorite accessory gifts?

JEWELRY

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When it comes to jewelry, you can’t go wrong with the industry knowledge that the Accessories Council has. They know what gifts the jewelry lovers in your life will love, and pieces to fit every budget. Gift special ones with the stunning, luxury jewelry from Alex Soldier, Jewels of Ocean, John Brevard, or Dana Bronfman, and  unique, handcrafted pieces from Luca + Danni, Auburn Jewelry, StyleString, Christina Greene, etc. Maybe your loved one loves rings that are made to stack together which allows them to create their own ring designs, or maybe they’d love gorgeous sterling silver, 14K gold, brass, copper, or enamel pieces crafted by hand, whatever their tastes, you’re sure to get it here.

HANDBAGS

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Looking for the hottest new fashion handbags? We’re sharing some must-have bag styles that will have you shopping for yourself, as well as friends and family this holiday. From upcoming, and award-winning handbag designers, to luxe and innovative handbag brands, you will surely win best gift giver this season with the following Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks.

SCARVES

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Everyone needs cold weather accessories this season. There’s no escaping the cold temperatures and thanks to these great cold weather accessories brands, there’s no need to give up style which keeping warm. With stylish scarves from Fraas and ShawLux, and cozy hats, scarves, and mittens from The Third Piece, your friends and family will be stylishly cozy.

  • Fraas Fall Feathers – $13.75
  • ShawLux Rome Coliseum, & Venetian Waterways – $148.00, Empire State – $95.00
  • The Third Piece Beacon Cable Infinity Scarf – $238.00, Soho Turban Headpiece – $82.00, & Beacon Fingerless Mitts – $98.00

FINAL TOUCHES

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Everyone needs that special thing to top off, or complete their look, and thanks to the Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks, we have four great outfit toppers for you from Emy Mack, Girly Go Garter, Bijou Van Ness, and Pink Sheep Heiress.

  • Emy Mack Emily Black Satin w/ Silver Bow – $895.00
  • Girly Go Garter Black – $39.00
  • Bijou Van Ness Blue Fascinator w/ Swarovski Veil – $275.00, & Goose Biot Headband – $145.00
  • Sheep Shades Nassau Skull – $190.00 & Nassau Beachwood – $180.00

Aren’t you loving these Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks gifts? We’ve already bookmarked a few for ourselves! What are your favorite accessory gifts to give?

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | Accessories Council’s #ACTopPicks for Mother’s Day

The day of celebrating mothers is getting closer and closer. Mother’s Day is now less than two weeks away and it’s really time to think about gifts for mom. Whether you’re looking for jewelry for mom (our mom loves turquoise jewelry), or other fashion accessories such as handbags, belts, scarves, or maybe even a bottle or two of wine, you can find it all thanks to the Accessories Council. Once again, the go-to organization for all things accessories, bring you their top gift picks for moms with Mother’s Day gifts that both of you will enjoy (ladies, you may find yourself snapping up one or more of these gifts for yourself).

JEWELRY

You can never go wrong with jewelry as a gift for mom and the accessories council highlighted some stunning pieces from Mona Assemi, Kemi Designs, Moira Anne Artisan, Jewels of Ocean, Ragini Mittal, Stephen Dweck, and Roman & Sunstone. If your mom loves turquoise jewelry, we recommend the beautiful Roman & Sunstone Heart Beaded Stretch Bracelet ($18.00), the eye-catching Ragini Mittal Wheel of Fortune Ring ($150.00), or Stephen Dweck’s Hand Carved Turquoise Ring, Earrings, and Bracelet ($695.00, $545.00, $1,375.00 at Neiman Marcus). If the mothers in your life love more delicate pieces, we say check out the Hand-stamped and custom made Gold-Plate Necklace ($150.00) from Kemi Designs, or the 14kt Gold plated Zany Tassel Necklace ($288.00) from Mona Assemi.

HANDBAGS

No woman leaves the house without a bag, it’s a fact! Bags are as essential to women as clothing, so of course a great bag makes a great gift for Mother’s Day. At this special Accessories Council event, we saw top bag pics from Luxchilas, Be Brilliant Bags, Banfi Zambrelli, Hedgren, and Vanesa Rey. For the mom-on-the-go, we love the Be Brilliant Bags Brilliant Body Tote ($265.00) because you can store your heels in a compartment at the bottom (say goodbye to carrying that extra bag for your shoes ladies). We also love the Luxchilas Mochila Fringe Bag ($450.00) because not only does it look fabulous and on-trend with fringe, it also helps support sustainable work for the Wayuu Tribe families of Columbia. Lastly, although it technically isn’t a bag, the Vanesa Rey iPhone Cases ($199.00 – $209.00) are just too cool and too chic not to be in the must-carry everyday category.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

They may be small, and you might not wear them everyday but these essentials will make mom’s day a lot brighter…..and more chic. these gifts from Perpetual Shade, Mariem, Printed Village, Dearfoams, and MCM. Brighten up her daytime look with the chic “Oh Bouy” Scarf ($38.00) from Printed Village, the must-have MCM ‘M’ Reversible Belt ($150.00), or a classically chic pair of Mariem Ballerina Flats “No. 3” ($240.00). If mom loves to travel, arm her with stylish comfort with one of the Perpetual Shade Metallic Luxury Silk Sleep Masks ($69.00) and the Dearfoams Sequined Ballerinas ($34.00), so she can truly enjoy her flight.

SUNGLASSES

There’s a saying that goes, “Sunglasses, like red lipstick, changes everything!” What better way to give mom a new view on life than with a great pair of sunnies from Safilo Polaroid, Marcolin Swarovski, and Pink Sheep Heiress. Mom will look super stylish while protecting herself from dangerous glare when she wears the Safilo’s Polaroid Women’s Sunglasses ($75.00 – $98.00), highlight her natural elegance with the Marcolin Swarovski Edith Sunglasses ($175.00), or give her the Pink Sheep Heiress Sheep Shades ($180.00), the new, durable “It” eyewear made from acetate.

BEAUTY

For the mom who loves all things beauty, you will love the Isaac Mizrahi, and Glitter Buzz Style beauty pics from the Accessories Council. Complete your look with the stunning color palettes from the True by Isaac Mizrahi Color Cosmetics Line ($10.00 – $68.00) which contains innovative antioxidant skin care, boasting CoQ10, green and white teas, Vitamins A and E, and marine algae, and color cosmetics and makeup that is cruelty free. Keep mom’s lips perfectly conditioned in Glitter Buzz Style Gala Lipstick ($11.00), available in a variety of lipstick shades that pop, and boasts jojoba oil, and vitamins A,C, E.

WINE

Lastly, toast to the amazing woman in your life with a Raphael Vineyards Vineyard and Wine tasting Experience. You don’t have to travel far to give mom a wine tasting experience, just a quick trip to Long Island to get to know the pleasures of wine making and have a delightful experience that includes a world-class Merlot, and a bright, crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

We hope these amazing picks have helped you get a better idea of what to get your mom, wife, sister, daughter, or friend for Mother’s Day. We’re sure they will love receiving any of these great gifts.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts to Love from The Accessories Council’s 2014 #ACTopPicks

If there is one organization that knows about accessories, it is the Accessories Council, who celebrates their 20th anniversary of highlighting great fashion accessory brands to the consumer. For this very reason, we naturally look to them for great holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. We hope you’re ready because we’re sharing gifts for every budget, gifts for stockings and under the tree, gifts that will bring you and the recipient joy, and gifts that give back through their charitable connections.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

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  1. Vasi Moda B Scarf, $105.00 – The “B” Square is the quintessential unisex accessory for pocket squares, wrist ties, purses, neck scarves, and hair styling. It is available in 12 different print designs and are each composed of the same precise detail, vibrant colors, and artistic elements of the signature VASI Signature scarf line. Get 30% off with discount code: HOLIDAY2014 on www.vasimoda.com.
  2. Mujus Bam Bracelet, $38.00 – This lightweight bracelet is made from polished, multicolored teardrop-shaped tagua seeds, that are strung together on elastic cord. Available on www.mujus.com.
  3. Mujus Gema Necklace, $69.00 – Named “Gema” because the tagua seed it’s made from gleams like a gemstone, this handcrafted necklace is an eco-friendly way to look glamorous. Available on www.mujus.com.
  4. Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets by ElyseRyan, $35.00 – These edgy bracelets boasts sleek dangling charms that convey messages of partnership, love, and giving back. They are finished in timeless gold, vintage rose, artisan silver, metallic hematite, and ElyseRyan’s signature design. Available on www.esgivesback.com and www.elyseryan.com.
  5. Leigh Ann Barnes V.I.P Unlimited Bands, $18.00 – 40.00 – Handcrafted and created by survivors of domestic violence, their convertible hair accessories gies women in shelters the chance to earn money. Available on www.vipunlimitedbands.com.

MUST-HAVE JEWELRY

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  1. BeltEnvy Buckle Pendant Necklaces, Leather Wrist Straps or Stretch Belts, $70.00 – $165.00 – Features Belt Envy’s original artwork on a silver or Bronze buckle and embellished with genuine Swarovski® crystals. These interchangeable pieces (pendants come with black or brown suede cord, belt buckles fit 1 1/2″ belt straps, and wrist medallions are changeable with its reversible leather wrist straps (sold separately). Get 50% off at www.BeltEnvy.com with promo code ACC50
  2. Carolee Word Play Double Take Bangle Collection, $45.00 – A series of Double Take Bangles that allows a woman to wear her own personal story. The bangles feature a two-sided, spinning charm with a design on one side and meaningful words on the other. The can be worn in multiples and stacked with other bracelets. Available on www.carolee.com.
  3. Todd Reed Fancy Colored Diamond Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold, $59,400.00 – Stunning raw diamonds give a unique look to these dazzling earring which boasts 18k gold, fancy cut diamonds (50.086ctw), and white brilliant cut diamonds (1.288ctw). Available at Greenwich Jewelers
  4. Zero Rules Blow Harmonicas, $68.00 – High fashion meets rock and roll with these adorable stainless steel harmonica necklaces (and they work). The harmonicas sit on a 27″ ball chain and special engraving is available for $10 as a personalized gift (can include name, quotes, etc). Get yours today on on www.adihitchcock.com.
  5. Anne Klein Watch and Bracelets Set (AK 1462 TOST), $150.00 – The set includes a polished, goldtone watch with a bezel set with dozens of brilliant Swarovski crystals plus two coordinating, independent bracelets, one with Tortoise resin and goldtone accents, and an open link goldtone bracelet which can be worn together or separately. Available at Macy’s, www.macys.com, Lord & Taylor and www.lordandtaylor.com.
  6. Roman & Sunstone Eternally Radiant Sterling Silver Round & Square CZ Stud, $30.00 – These high quality earrings come packaged in a beautiful black velvet gift box. They will dazzle your family and friends, and add some much needed sparkle to any LBD. Available on www.RomanSunstone.com.
  7. Swarovski Pebble Pendant and Pebble Ring, $180.00 Each – This modern, elegant pendant reflects the organic trend. Its smooth, bold silhouette is complemented by sparkling crystal Pointiage®. The ring captures the organic shapes trend; its smooth, domed silhouette is polished rose gold plated metal, complemented by sparkling crystal Pointiage®. Get both on www.swarovski.com, and at all Swarovski boutiques.
  8. Black Lace Skin Jewelry, $15.00-$38.00 – A unique collection of stunning jewelry designed to be worn on the bare skin. The brand boasts temporary tattoos and semi-sheer, lace-heavy, next-to-the-skin fashions that are inspired by striking ornaments, rich velvet fabrics, and gorgeous jewels.

BAGS AND PURSES

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  1. JGEREN The Cedar, $495.00 – The Cedar, a chic and edgy premium leather clutch, allows you to be “hands-free” with never having to worry about setting your bag down. It boasts a premium leather with a suede and leather interior lining, low-profile magnetic closure, and a distinctive hand-lacing finish. Available on www.jgeren.com or at Paul Miller Boutique in Chicago.
  2. Mary Lai Maeve Mix Tape Wristlet, $108.00 – The Maeve leather pouch/wristlet can be used as a makeup bag, clutch, making it a perfect gift to the beauty lover in your life. Get your name printed on the Mix Tape Wristlet for free with purchase, by emailing info@marylai.com. get this cutie on shop.marylai.com.
  3. Betsey Johnson Be-Mine Overnight Weekend Bag, $158.00 – Light-weight, with lots of great storage, the Be-Mine Overnight Weekend bag is the perfect carry-on for your winter getaway! Available on www.betseyjohnson.com.
  4. Luxchilas Backchila, $250.00 – Made in Colombia, this traditional Wayuu mochila bag is transformed into a comfortable and trendy backpack. It boasts 100% cotton, handwoven in crochet technique, is fully lined with interior pockets, leather flap with fine hardware and adjustable straps. Get this vibrant bags on www.luxchilas.com.
  5. Tika Urbinata Convertible Backpack/ Shoulder Bag & Crossbody, $224.00 – Go from chic backpack to a shoulder bag and crossbody combo. This calfskin and wool combination, with adjustable/removable handles, easily converts into a crossbody or shoulder bag. This trendy and practical bag is available in Black, Yellow, Red, and Blue and can be purchased on www.bagsbytika.eu.
  6. Dolce Vita The Charlotte Crossbody, $108.00 – The Charlotte crossbody features supple leather with embossed lizard trim. It features diagonal zippered pockets with a bold metal puller hardware, interior credit card organization, and a removable crossbody chain strap. Available on www.dolcevitahandbags.com.
  7. Leigh Ann Barnes The Sophisticate Bag, $760.00 – $2,200.00 – A Luxe Doctor’s satchel with a removable and changeable clutch. Change from color block to monochromatic hues, python to fur with the collectible clutches, which interchange with ease. Clutch selections include genuine python, fur, calf hair, cork. Each bag comes with official US currency coin charms for good fortune Available on www.leighannbarnes.com.

GIFTS FOR HIM

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  1. Auburn Jewelry Custom Pendant, & Cufflinks, $45.00 – $115.00 – Auburn Jewelry creates custom sterling silver, 14k gold and enamel pieces individually crafted by hand. These monogram initial cufflinks, featured above in sterling and black, are available in 18 standard colors. Available on www.auburn-jewelry.com.
  2. Ransom Bracelets, $60.00 – $200.00 – Ransom’s Bracelets feature matte black onyx beads, leather, cable chains, etc with Blade pendant and engraved Ransom logo. Available on www.ransomjewels.com.
  3. Ilori Bulgari La Gemma Sunglasses, $1160.00 – The 2014 Limited Edition Bulgari La Gemma sunglasses are ultimate in chic and will frame your face in luxury. They feature Ebony Wood temples, unique use of precious materials with sophisticated craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques. Available on www.iloristyle.com.
  4. Barton Como Ike Behar Cufflinks, $148.00 – $198.00 – These Ike Behar cufflinks will add a bit of classic style to his signature style. Known for their craftsmanship, quality, elegance, and style, these cufflinks pair perfectly with the classic dress shirts, ties, and jackets Ike Behar is known for. Available on www.ikebehar.com and www.macys.com.
  5. Barton Como Robert Graham Cufflinks, $130.00 – $165.00 – Robert Graham was created on the premise of introducing sophisticated, eclectic style to the fashion market. Available on www.robertgraham.us and www.nordstrom.com.

There were just so many wonderful gift options recommended by the Accessories Council, much more than all you see above. We’re sure you’ll see lots of great ideas for your friends and family. Naturally we have our favorites, and items for our wishlists, we want to know, what are yours?

Get Dad Back In The Game!: Top Father’s Day Picks From The Accessories Council

Have you even started the mad dash yet?  The scramble?  The perpetual motion of second guessing, what ‘iffing’, noggin tapping and department store scurrying that always happens around Father’s Day? You haven’t?  Well you’re not alone!  Much like the men’s sections in department stores, pharmacies and boutiques, the male customer always gets the short end of the stick (or the back corner of the selling floor).

Well if you haven’t noticed by now, a Male Renaissance has been going full swing for the last few years now.  They’ve become demanding and not complacent to just accept what the women in their lives propose.  With a wider array of products & styles offered and more attention being paid to them in stores, men are gradually coming into their own in regards to voicing what they want.  Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to decide what to snag for Dad this Father’s Day, or does it?  If there’s more to offer then there’s more to choose from.  This means that instead of the time-honored ‘dad’ tie or three pack of dress socks, the options for Father’s Day suddenly have more depth, range and the ‘oh-so-overlooked’ cool factor.
Who knows this all too well but the Accessories Council.  Their top Father’s Day picks are walks in updated classics, modern notions and those little accents that men have gravitated towards in order to  differentiate their collective roars from the rest of the pride.



Clockwise from top left:  J Fold full grain vegetable tanned Italian leather wallets are a classic need in an updated fashion, Dr. Scholl’s Jason oxford are a nice way to keep him fashion forward and comfy as these are equipped with a velour suede upper, Memory fit foam® and cushy EVA midsole, Oliver Peoples Becket Sunglasses are a classic tortoise in the hands of a modern eyewear expert and Vasi Moda gives him just that little accent he needs to freshen up that somber sport coat with their colorful and exquisite silk pocket squares handcrafted in Como, Italy.


Clockwise from top left: Notes like citron, iced gin and lavender never smelled so fresh and clean with this new signature fragrance from Vince CamutoJack + Mulligan have very good-looking and simply cool dopp kits for the traveling man to fit all his grooming needs (I should know; I have one and love it) and the style impresarios at Esquire have shirts and ties on the pulse of style to suit the many kinds of men.

The modern man wear hats, but just make it cooler than his dad’s. David & Young offers up some pretty sweet fedoras that serve as the perfect topper for that charismatic outfit or that charismatic guy as well as many handsome hats and scarves.  Celebrities such as Kellan Lutz and Jay Alexander approve.

Clockwise from top left: Therapeutic can be stylish!  Such is the case with Soxxy and their Nighthawk Compression Socks that create circulation and reduces selling and muscle soreness all while looking pretty cool with nice colors and designs and it’s classic but make it his own with Auburn Jewelry customizable sterling silver cufflinks.  Each piece is handcrafted to order.  Be original for him or let him be the wild one with a gift certificate to customize his own pair.
No need to panic come June 15th.  Peruse these unique selections and others offered by these charismatic brands and make the dads in your life even cooler than he may already be. 

Father’s Day is June 15, 2014!

The Accessories Council’s Top Gift Picks for Valentine’s Day

What better organization to find out the best accessories to give as Valentine’s Day gifts than the Accessories Council. The not-for-profit works with hundreds of companies, sponsors trend reports, and pays tribute to the leaders of the accessory industry – so looking to them for gifting inspiration for the day of celebrating love is a no-brainer. With the help of Jené Luciani, bra guru and author of The Bra Book, we got some great insight into what will make great gifts for everyone on your Valentine’s Day list. Whether if for your girlfriend/wife, mom or sister, these jewelry, shoes, bags, will be hits.

JEWELRY LOVES

Boy Meets Girl X Roman Luxe Collection

The iconic brand of young contemporary sportswear, has joined forces with fashion jewelry industry powerhouse Roman & Sunstone to create a spectacular collection of jewelry that will. The new line, “Boy Meets Girl® x Roman Luxe” collaboration first featured four ring styles but now boasts an entire collection of modern earrings, necklaces and cuffs, etc that just launched on www.Macys.com this month. No woman will turn down beautiful jewelry and these pieces are stunning.

Ritani Diamond Sunflower Halo Cream Leather Bracelet

This simple yet elegant Ritani Diamond Sunflower Halo Cream Leather Bracelet features a cream leather band, and charming cluster of French-set diamonds that form a sunflower, resting in an exquisite sterling silver halo. Diamonds still remains a girl’s best friend. Available for purchase at www.ritani.com.

Catherine Canino Slate Grey Twisted Torsade Necklace and The Bling Society Emily Necklace

For the woman who loves statement pieces, look no further than this Catherine Canino Slate Grey Twisted Torsade Necklace. The hand wrought, artisan-carved large gold links are matched with matte, soft grey quartz for a dramatic look. This beauty is available on www.HSN.com or on air February 11th at 2:00am and 2:00pm.

And for those who prefer a more subtle look, The Bling Society Emily necklace makes a pretty sweet statement all on its own. Boasting 42 round simulated diamonds (featured above in approximately 5.0 carats), on pave sterling silver 925 setting, the delicate piece is a great way to celebrate the sweetness of love. The included chain is made of 925 silver and is available at www.theblingsociety.com.

FLIRTY SCARVES

Icing Silky Gauze Floral Heart & Vintage Script Scarf, BCBGeneration “GO On Say IT!” Loop, and Echo Design Pleated Infinity Loop Scarf

Icing’s Silky Gauze Floral Heart & Vintage Script Scarf truly celebrates love. This silky gauze scarf makes it easy to add a bit of romance to your look with its ivory background, vintage script pattern on each side and bright red hearts made up of a red floral print at each end. get it at Icing stores and on www.Icing.com.

February may be all about love but it’s also a chilly month. Get in the loop this Valentine’s Day with this BCBGeneration “GO On Say IT!” Loop. The perfect scarf for every “It” girl, this infinity scarf is available for purchase at BCBGeneration, Belk, BonTon, Dillards, Macy’s, and Vonmaur.

Layering for warmth during the freezing winter months doesn’t mean saying goodbye to vibrant color and prints. Add lots of color to your look with the Echo Design Pleated Infinity Loop Scarf. Achieve the ultimate layered effect while not restricting your style with the ultra soft pleats and rich color palette. Available on www.echodesign.com.

YOUNG AT HEART

Madden Girl Auto Open Umbrella  


Gifts such as umbrellas are not only practically but can be playful as well. With 42” of coverage, a black rubber coated handle and 2-colored bungee cords, this everyday necessity can really highlight a fun personality with its quirky prints. Available in 3 assorted prints – Mustache, Neon Aztec, and Polka Dot at www.stevemadden.com.

Steve Madden Small PVC Studded Crossbody


If you’re looking for something with a bit of edge, try the Steve Madden Small PVC Studded Crossbody. Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day for someone who is fun and edgy?  This city-chic bag features gunmetal studs and matching chain-link strap, is just big enough for your lipstick and cell phone and is perfect to wear for a Valentine’s Day date! Available at www.stevemadden.com.

Yes these adorable polka dot  oxfords are by Dr. Svholl’s, the leader in foot comfort.You can’t go wrong with a classic style in a not-so-classic fabrication. Available in a Patent or textile upper (we do love this grey polka dot), this casual oxford-style features a lace-up front, textile lining, cushioning insole with Memory Fit(R) foam, and smooth outsole with a 3/4″ heel. Available at Nordstrom and www.drschollsshoes.com.

ADDITIONAL GIFTS

Soxxy Lilly Pink Socks

The Soxxy “Lily” socks is a great example of shopping for a cause. These fun-hued, $12.00 socks are 65% cotton, 33% nylon, and 2% spandex but they also represents the LilySarahGrace Fund, www.lilysarahgracefund.org, which was created by the surviving father of Lily, Sarah and Grace who sadly lost their lives in a horrific fire. The LilySarahGrace Fund’s mission is “To challenge and empower teachers in underfunded elementary schools across the United States to teach their curriculum through the universal language of Art and Creativity.” Get them now at www.soxxy.com

Under Armour Sierra Tortoise Sunglasses

Under Armour has entered the eyewear industry with great ease. These ultra-light ArmourFusion™ frames are built from a combination of titanium and grilamid for superior strength and flexibility. Featuring a Patented Multiflection™ lens coating, which eliminates visual obstructions by repelling water and resisting scratching, smudging, and staining. The three-point grip ensures a comfortable and secure fit. All Under Armour® performance eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Available on www.underarmour.com.
Caravelle New York Men’s Chronograph Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

This stylish Caravelle New York men’s chronograph watch is something both you and her can wear. The round-shaped, patterned black dial features a textured, vertical stripe background with luminous accents black-tone hands and silver-tone Arabic numerals at the six and 12 o’clock position and the other hour markers are bar-shaped indexes. This analog Japanese quartz powered timepiece is protected by a scratch resistant mineral crystal and is water resistant up to 99 feet (30 meters) and offers a battery life of approximately three years. Available at Macy’s and on www.Macys.com.

Accessories Council Bridal Press Preview

There is no doubt that being a bride and planning a wedding is a stressful time, but there are companies that offer both amazing and wonderfully special products and services that are sure to make your wedding day a beautiful and memorable one. When it comes to all things accessories, you should look no further than the Accessories Council so when they, along with Brides Magazine EIC, Millie Martini Bratten, came together to showcase their favorite bridal accessories and other bridal essentials, bride or not, attendance was necessary.

Held at the beautiful 91 Horatio Event Space which was beautifully designed by The Upper Crust Weddings, a group of wedding experts that provide the ultimate, all-inclusive wedding planning experience including catering, floral design, Mixologist (cocktails) like John McCarthy, lighting, entertainment and photography, we, along with fellow media, got the inside look on that latest hot trends in wedding accessories, decor, beauty, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Some of the stunning jewelry we saw included stunning timepieces from Bulova and Sprout Watches, ornate pieces from Roman Bride, and diamond hoops and engagement rings from Ritani.

 

Bulova highlighted a stainless steel watch with gold finish, 24 diamonds individually hand-set on case and a white mother-of-pearl dial ($475.00); Eco-friendly Sprout showcased their new white corn resin case Watches with pink sparkly Swarovski Crystals ($75.00); Roman Bride highlighted their Pearl & Crystal Headband ($30.00), Crystal Bracelet & Earrings ($28.00 – $60.00), Infinity and Bow Necklaces ($20.00); high-end jewelry brand, Ritani highlighted their Diamond Hoop Earrings ($1,350.00) in 18k White Gold – all which would make perfect accessories on the big day.

Of course looking beautiful on your wedding day is more than just because of your dress. A beautifully made up face is essential to looking your best. That is where Makeup Artist, Joseph Anthony Carrillo ($200.00+) comes in. With his experience bringing out the inner beauty in every face he touches for designer runway shows, campaigns, and editorials for some of the most prestigious print publications, his classic beauty aesthetic is sure to make any bride stunning.

Marchesa will dazzles brides with their stunning Envelope Shoulder Bag ($3,695 at www.net-a-porter.com) which features pearl and leather cut embroidery, crystal quartz lock and nickel hardware while the Lena Erziak Classic Evening Clutch ($3,595 646-484-5892), encrusted in Swarovski crystals and dosed in 24 k-gold plating on hardware make the perfect after wedding bag.

Not all bridal fashion includes dresses. Boy Meets Girl featured their Classic Coco Hoodie ($59.00 – $69.00), personalized Hoodies that say “Bride/Groom” and make great gifts for the happy couple. When you order one of the pre-made “bride/groom” personalized hoodies online you’ll receive a FREE pair of Boy Meets Girl® slippers with your order. Speaking of slippers, the Jack Rogers Palm Beach Navajo Flat ($110.00) are great for brides getting married on the beach or to wear after the wedding and reception to give your feet a break from heels.

If you’re a wedding guest and want to commemorate the bride and groom’s happy day, try the following gifts. Tru Blooms Chicago Fragrance ($38.00 – $65.00) is a bright floral perfume made of elegant sheer rose, traditional lavender and sensuous violet that is limited edition to the year of the wedding. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the happy couple.

Though it may not seem like it, all weddings are not just about the bride. Grooms will appreciate (and brides will love) the ManuelRacim Made-to-Measure Dress Shirts ($225.00), dress shirts that are made-to-measure to any groom’s exact measurements and can be further personalized with a monogram of the couple’s initials and wedding date, commemorating the big day and ensuring the groom will never forget his wedding anniversary.

The Accessories Council’s Must-Have Fashion Accessories for Back to School

Before you know it, summer is over and it’s time to get everyone ready for back to school. With the help of Lyss Stern, founder and president of Divalysscious Moms, we got a sneak peek of top picks in fashion accessories for the upcoming back-to-school season whether it be college, high school, junior high, etc.

RUUM American Kid’s Wear Sequin Dot Backpack

Perfect for the girl who is all about the glam. Featuring the typical backpack features – front zipper, inner compartments, and adjustable straps – this classic school bag gets a makeover with its all-over black and white polka dot sequins. With a retail price of $44.50, accessorizing your glam girl won’t break the bank. Available at www.RUUM.com and at 22 retail store locations.

Steve Madden Canvas Backpacks

Continuing with more cool backpacks, Steve Madden features soft cotton canvas backpacks with faux-leather accent, patterned in playful prints (floral, tribal and camo) to let you stand out from the crowd. A great bonus: they come with a matching cosmetic case! Grab any of these at Nordstrom for $54.00 each.

Fossil Florence Collection

Boasting a cool new face shape, these stunning watches are available in jewel-toned leather straps and metal bracelets and at $75.00 – %95.00 returning students will always be on time and in style. Get these styles www.fossil.com.

BCBGeneration Herringbone Fedora

A popular print for fall, this herringbone weave adds an extra touch of sophistication to an angora-blend fedora banded in a vibrant red broad ribbon. Menswear-inspired fashion is always a hit and at $38.00, you can’t go wrong with this BCBGeneration topper. Available at Amazon, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Macys.com, Nordstrom, Von Maur, and Zappos.

Randolph Bright Chrome & Matte Chrome Aviators

Aviators are once again taking over eyewear (did they really ever leave?). Originally built for the U.S. Military, the flagship Aviator sunglasses were battle tested by pilots as they were originally made to protect their eyes while flying in addition to radiating style year round. These classic eyewear silhouette can be seen gracing the faces of several celebrity heavyweights. Get these Randolph Aviators for $129 and are available at shop.randolphusa.com.

David & Young fashion Scarves

A cool scarf is a must for your fall fashion wardrobe. For back-to-school, a great scarf, especially one that can be worn several ways like the above David & Young fashion scarves are essentials. Rock this figure 8 scarf as a hood, tie it as a bow, drape it loosely around your neck. The David & Young Fall 2013 collection includes on trend looks focusing on key prints: animal prints, kitschy icons, geometric/Aztec prints, feathers and leaves, and tie-dye, etc. These range from $24.00-$36.00 and are available at Nordstrom, Macys and on ShopDavidandYoung.com.

DEOS iPHONE 5 Pink Leather & Swarovski Wave Case

With cellphones a staple in our lives and our need to add our style and personality in all aspects of our lives, accessorizing your cellphone with a cool case is as natural as putting on your jewelry. DEOS (Defining Expression of Style) introduces this genuine leather case embellished with Xirius Chaton Swarovski Elements featuring an advanced putty construction system that creates lasting and durable adhesion with maximum radiance. Get it for $60.00 at DEOSstyle.com.

Stephanie Kantis Jewelry

In this crazy economy, you definitely want your money’s worth and because of that convertible fashion and accessories are a hit with everyone. The Nobility Bracelets can be looped together to create a necklace and her innovative chains can be worn more than 15 different ways due to her signature “S” clasp. Find out more at www.stephaniekantis.com.

Roman Luxe Pinky Rings

Yes guys, Pinky Rings are back and a huge trend for fall. Featured above are the Roman & Sunstone Luxe Polished Square Front Pinky Ring and Luxe Triangle Python Pinky Ring. Both are made with 14K gold with the Polished Square Ring featuring a casted oversize square in the center and the Triangle Python Ring boasting a faux python inlay. Both rings retail for $50.00 and are available at www.romansunstone.com.

Electric Picks “Two Heads – Stars” Women’s Bracelet

Featuring skulls, one of the biggest embellishment trends, this Electric Picks “Two Heads – Stars” Women’s Bracelet is a hand-beaded and knotted bracelet which features hematite, gold-plated skulls, and a hand-painted star bead. This contemporary bracelet is made in NYC and embodies the rock n’ roll lifestyle. Perfect for stacking, each bracelet is $60.00 and can be purchased at www.ElectricPicks.com.

Big Buddha Carmen Wallet and Calvin Klein Bookfold Wallet & Key Fob

Older students will love the above wallets. The Big Buddha Carmen Wallet also makes a wonderful clutch. It’s interior features a playful prints, dividers to keep you organized, snap closer and is made with non-leather croc. It retails for $30.00 and is available at www.Zappos.com. The Calvin Klein Bookfold Wallet & Key Fob is made with genuine leather, comes in matte black and dark gray, it retails for $45.00 and is available for purchase at Macy’s.

Carlos by Carlos Santana Carryall

Who says your school bag has to be a backpack. Are you a college student or going back to school, check out this Carlos by Carlos Santana Carryall. Featuring whip stitch chain detailing and stud accents, a spacious interior, pocket-lined, and made with faux leather with an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap, this dual handle bag is perfect to take you from work to your classes. The Carryall retails for $108.00 and is sold in Macy’s stores and on www.macys.com.

Empowered by You Women’s Underwear

Combining beautiful, comfortable, sexy high-performance underwear with a great cause, the Empowered by You is lingerie with a purpose. Featuring a seamless fit, patented flocking technology that prevents slipping or bunching, has moisture wicking fabrications used in performance gear. Empowered by You donates 20% of their net profits from every panty they sell to charities that provide micro financing loans for women’s businesses throughout the world. Each panty is presented in a small, clear zip-closure smart-pack that is resealable and reusable and retails for $20.00. To purchase, go to www.Empoweredbyyou.com.