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Dress to Impress with Comfort and Ease
1) Isaac Mizrahi Live! Floral Jacquard Sweater Blazer in Island Blue - A cozy and casual feel to a business clothing staple. This sweater blazer is taken beyond the "normal" look with beautiful Spring/Summer coloring and patterns! For the not-so-ordinary working mom that likes to add flair to her look, this does not disappoint. I love how I was able to actually move around without limitation, as it tends to be with other blazers. It was like wearing fashionable sweatpants, hah. Absolutely a must have for those who seek comfort and fashion! www.qvc.com
2) Belle Grey by Lisa Rinna Regular Maxi Dress with Self Bandeau in Turquoise - It's maxi dress season! Light-weight fabric makes this dress a go-to for any occasion this Summer! Easy to wear to the beach or dress it up with a blazer and accessories for working at the office. The fit is flattering and falls at the right places with a bandeau you can choose to wear if you don't want to show too much cleavage. Comes in two other colors (besides the Turquoise one I have) salmon pink and royal blue. I see myself living in this dress all summer, hah. www.qvc.com
Texturizing is like wearing a bold lip color. That being said, you want to minimize the rest of your outfit by wearing basic colors so the texturized item stands out like a centerpiece. For Jessica's look we made the textured sweater the show-piece and paired it with a simple white tank top and black leggings. For extra flair you can match it with black pleather leggings, which we got from H&M.
To dress it up stick with textured earrings and forego any other jewelry. Jessica is wearing vintage snakeskin dangle earrings.
For makeup: Bold eyes and a nude lip is ideal with this particular look and color paring.
Sweater featured is from H&M - Fall 2013 season
Simular Earring Options:...
Two choices for this month: Topaz and Citrine. The Topaz comes in a rainbow of colors, but Citrines are limited to the hues of rich honey, burnished gold, and (of course) the citrus fruits that inspired the name. Some colors are unstable and can fade away; for example, brown Topaz mined in Siberia can be bleached by sunlight. In other stones, color changes can be induced by heating. High energy irradiation and moderate heat treatment of colorless Topaz can transform it to blue gemstones. Pure Topaz, when brilliantly cut, can be often mistaken for a diamond. The most valued and rarest color is red. Imperial Topaz-sherry colored varieties of brownish-yellow, orange-yellow and reddish brown-are the most popular Topaz stones and command high prices, as do pink colored stones. Light blue and pale yellow Topaz are of less value, but are nevertheless stunning in beauty.
Citrines have become increasingly popular in the last 200 years; before that, Topaz was the yellow stone of choice for jewelry. Citrine was often called gold Topaz before the 20th century, but it is actually a quartz stone, similar to amethyst. As for its mystical powers, citrine has a calming effect on the emotions. It helps alleviate despair and promote healing.
The word ‘Topaz,’ birthstone for the month of November, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “fire.” And in ancient lore, the Topaz could be used to control heat. It was said to have the power to cool boiling water, as well as excessive anger. As medication, Topaz was used to cure fever. Topaz was once thought to strengthen the mind, increase wisdom, and prevent mental disorders. It was thought to guard against sudden death. Powdered Topaz added to wine was used to prevent asthma and insomnia. A cure for weak vision called for immersing the stone in wine for three days and nights, then rubbing the liquid on the eyes. During the Middle Ages, the Topaz was used mostly by royalty and clergy. A 13th century belief held that a Topaz engraved with a falcon helped its wearer cultivate the goodwill of kings, princes and magnates. The Romans associated the gem with the god Jupiter. It is a symbol of beauty and courage, and offers the wearer protection when confronting enemies.
November birthstone poem: “Who first comes to this world below; in dreary November's fog and snow; should prize the Topaz amber hue; emblem of friends and lovers true.”...
I love statement jewelry. A good statement piece will take your simple, basic clothes and turn them into a knockout outfit. I tend to buy a lot of black and solid colors, so accessories and jewelry is really where I have my fun and play with color. Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. recently came across Shabby Apple and they have some statement pieces worth drooling over!
These artfully romantic pieces will instantly add a vintage & feminine touch to your outfit. The two outfits above are inspired by two lovely Shabby Apple accessories. The outfits use the same dress to create two different looks and attitudes while letting the statement jewelry take center stage!
The first outfit I like to call sweet sophistication. The Shabby Apple Isolde Necklace - vintage romantic crystal necklace - instantly adds class to your style. In the colder weather, I've been wearing this necklace with a basic black sweater, making the light crystal really pop and dressing up my sweater. The necklace is 18" long, which looks great with a crew neck or rounded collar (like the dress above). I simply pair the necklace with pearl earrings so the focus of the outfit remains on the necklace, but you could add similar statement earrings to dress up the outfit even more.
The second outfit -a pop of color- combines gold earrings with bright teal shoes that I normally wouldn't pair together on their own, but the Isadora Bracelet anchors the whole outfit into one stylish, modern & romantic look. The bright heels pick up the color in the bracelet, creating a fun but still romantic style....
The October birthstones are the striking Opal and Tourmaline. Opal goes first, for it is far older…Revered for centuries as one of the most auspicious birthstones the Opal is thought to possess the virtues of all other gemstones. October birthstone jewelry rings were essentially the very first mood rings, which seem to change in appearance and hue, in reaction to your emotional state. The stone actually contains tiny spheres of silica gel, which refract light in an infinite number of ever-changing rainbows and shimmers. It does change color with your body heat and can become even more beautiful when warm. They are the most delicate of stones. If you don’t oil them, they will crumble to powder. October birthdays are said to be extremely adaptable, with a quick wit and a resourceful nature, and the Opal captures this essence perfectly. The name Opal derives from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)." Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. An opal's beauty is the product of contrast between its color play and its background. The Fire Opal from Mexico should be mentioned here too, it is a gorgeous translucent red-orange—Fire Opal, get it?
Tourmaline is the second October birthstone and has become a favorite gemstone among jewelry designers, and gem collectors the world over. Since it is available in a wide variety of colors, it is ideally suited to almost anyone's taste. Tourmaline also is known for displaying several colors in the same gemstone. These bi-color or tri-color gems are formed in many combinations; gemstones with clear color distinctions are highly prized. One multi-color variety is known as watermelon tourmaline, and features green, pink, and white colors bands; to resemble its namesake, the gemstone is cut into thin slices having a pink center, white ring, and green edge. Tourmaline has an unusual property. When it is warmed or rubbed, it attracts small bits of paper, lint and ash. This occurs because the gem becomes charged with static electricity. In fact, Benjamin Franklin used this gem in his studies of electricity. Maintaining a Tourmaline exhibit at museums requires frequent cleaning of the gemstone because heat from the lights of the display case create a charge in the stone that attracts dust. Compared with other gemstones, Tourmalines are a relatively recent discovery. Hence, it lacks the rich lore that accompanies many other precious gems. However, among some people, the stone is known as the “peace stone,” believed to dispel fear and make its wearer calm.
The October birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Opal is associated - hope, innocence and purity. The traditional metaphysical properties for the October Birthstone Opal are happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. Here’s the traditional jeweler’s poem: "October's child is born for woe/And life's vicissitudes must know/But lay an opal on her breast/And hope will lull those woes to rest."
To ancient Romans, the Opal was a symbol of love and hope. Asians called it the “anchor of hope.” Arabs say it fell from the heavens in flashes of lightning. It was believed to make its wearer invisible, hence the Opal was the talisman of thieves and spies. During the Medieval period, a change in color intensity of an Opal was believed to indicate if its wearer was ill or in good health. The Opal was supposed to maintain a strong heart, prevent fainting, protect against infection, and cleanse foul-smelling air. The stone, as in ancient times, is still regarded as a symbol of hope. In Elizabethan England, the Opal was treasured for its beauty. Shakespeare wrote of it in Twelfth Night as the “queen of gems” and Queen Victoria presented her children with Opal jewelry, thus making the stone popular.
But there is a darker history too: the stone has a mixed reputation, chiefly due to a novel written by Sir Walter Scott in 1887 that depicted it as a stone of evil. The Opal’s reputation changed in the mid-14th century also. The Black Death swept across Europe, killing one quarter of its population. The gem was believed to be the cause of death. When worn by someone struck with the deadly plague, it would appear brilliant only until the person died. Then it would change in appearance, losing its luster. In reality, it was the sensitivity of this stone to changes in temperature that altered its appearance, as the heat from a burning fever gave way to the chill of death. And in Australia, there is a legend of a huge opal that governs the stars and guides human love, as well as controls the gold in mines. But Australian aborigines see it in a different light – to them, the opal is the devil that lurks in the ground, a half-serpent and half-human with flashes of wicked magic that lures men to destruction. Our very nature as humans are reflected in this stone, light and dark. Happy Halloween!...
Sapphires have been popular since ancient times, but they have never been as hot as they are now. When Prince William of England, son of the beloved late Princess Diana, proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, with his mother’s 18-carat diamond-studded Sapphire engagement ring, the world went wild for Sapphire. Of course, Sapphires had also shot to popularity when Princess Diana first wore the ring in the 1980’s, but Kate Middleton’s status as an international fashion icon, as evidenced by the royal-blue Issa dress she wore to highlight the gorgeous blue color of her ring, has catapulted sales of the gemstone to never-before-seen heights. No longer just the September birthstone, the Sapphire is now one of the most popular and sought-after stones for necklaces, earrings, and engagement rings. As the stone represents the important but old-fashioned qualities of sincerity and faithfulness, it seems only right that it receive its royal turn in the spotlight.
Where do Sapphires come from? In reality, a gemstone-quality Sapphire is simply one variety of the mineral corundum, which is also the mineral that Rubies are derived from. Any gemstone-quality corundum that isn’t red is considered a Sapphire, so Sapphires can actually come in many colors besides blue, including pink, yellow, and even green and white (clear). One extremely rare color type, the orange-pink corundum, is known as the Padparadscha Sapphire. Google it—it’s beautiful. The non-blue Sapphires are called Fancy Sapphires. The most valued Sapphire color, however, is that deep medium blue, typically called “cornflower blue” that is the well-known September birthstone color, due to the presence of small amounts of titanium and iron within the crystal structure. Another way to wear it is a little more unusual~ the Star Sapphire is one with tiny inclusions shaped like needles, which give it an optical property known as asterism, or a star-like appearance. This star shape appears most prominently in a cabochon cut (rounded smooth, no facets) and can have between six and twelve rays or even a cats-eye effect with a single thin band of light down the middle of the stone. Star and lab-created Sapphires are very affordable and easy to find!
The ancient Greeks believed the Sapphire to symbolize wisdom and purity, and reserved them for kings and priests. They believed the world itself was set upon a giant Sapphire, whose color could be seen in the late summer sky. Greeks believed that the visible sky was actually an incredibly large Sapphire that the Earth was somehow wrapped inside of! Other ancient cultures believed Sapphires could protect the wearer from envious enemies and poisoning, and even that a poisonous snake could be killed by being placed near a Sapphire. Ancient doctors even ground the birthstone of September into a powder and used it to treat rheumatism, depression and eye problems. And here is my secret, dear readers, I am a Virgo and this is my stone. I have a special affection for it. My favorite way of describing my Sapphire color is: remember the last spectacular sunset you watched, now tilt your head up, that blue between the sunset and the indigo of night is the perfect color. That is my Sapphire.
Fun Factoids: The famous medieval female (not many of them!) religious cleric Hildegard of Bingen wrote about the incredible healing powers of Sapphires in her well-regarded book of medicine, in which she claimed that Sapphires had special powers from God and could help improve the intellect....
The ruby, birthstone for July, is among the most highly prized of gemstones. The red gemstone corundum is called Ruby. All other gemstone corundum colors – orange, yellow, brown, green, blue, purple, violet, black, and colorless – are called Sapphires. In the Middle Ages, Rubies were thought to bring good health, as well as guard against wicked thoughts, amorous desires, and disputes. Rubies, along with other types of red stones, were said to cure bleeding. And it was believed that the Ruby held the power to warn its owner of coming misfortunes, illness, or death, by turning darker in color. It is said that Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, predicted her downfall in seeing the darkening of her Ruby. It is also associated with the values of love, success, integrity, passion, and promise. The 1870 birthstone poem says “The gleaming Ruby should adorn/All those who in July are born/For thus they'll be exempt and free/From lover's doubts and anxiety.”
The most prized color is a medium or medium dark vivid red or slightly purplish red. The usual term is “pigeon’s blood” red. But they go from cheerful pinks to dark brownish reds too. The lab created Rubies are flawless and inexpensive, a good choice for many of us. Ancient Egyptian legends say the "Lord of the Gems" Ruby was once meant only for kings but brings happiness and luck to a woman once it touches her skin. The bravest Burmese warriors also went into battle with a Ruby under their skin so the precious gem could emanate its magic properties. For this reason, jewelry designer Roberto Coin hides a Ruby in all his pieces so that it touches the skin. Cool, huh?
Traditionally India is considered the source of rubies. However, a new field of rubies has developed in Greenland. The rubies lie so thick on the ground that workers trample them. This deposit is so rich it could change the global market for this precious gemstone. In just 48 tons of ore, 65,000 grams of precious gem-quality rubies were found. Some gems were single stones of more than 400 carats. Whoa! I’ll take one, to go, please! Rubies can be worn with just about everything and they scream “class”. I rather like the idea that it has to touch your skin and picked that ring in the picture for myself. Notice the open design—click it and it’ll take you there. Rubies are powerful! Wear them boldly, when you need that lift, you’ve come to play, laid your bets and it’s time to rock-n-roll.
Fun Factoids: Rubies have a famous place in science - the first lasers were made from artificial ruby crystals. They still are used for this purpose although other materials offer improved efficiency. Some natural ruby crystals show the fluorescence (actually very short term phosphorescence) that makes a laser possible. The ancient name for Ruby is "sardius"....
Caitlin Moreland is a jewelry whore. Loves it, covets it, must have it. Hence, the name of her store, Swag Hag. She’s been swayed by the sparkly for all of her years and knows everything from turquoise to diamonds. Working in the jewelry industry for years, she learned all there was to know about finery, including what is quality and what is not. So, she has been a go-to by many to find and style just the right pieces. She is sharing her wisdom here and you can find some of her hand-picked pieces at: https://swaghag.kitsylane.com. Caitlin Moreland, Accessories for Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S., Owner of Swag Hag https://swaghag.kitsylane.com
Okay so, what do Carrie Underwood, Spike Lee, Olivia Wilde, Fergie, Holly Hunter and Chuck Norris have in common?
All share March birthdays, plus the aquamarine birthstone. Aquamarines are a type of beryl identified by their clear, blue-green color. As you can probably guess, the stone’s name has to do with water. Specifically, it means “water of the sea” from the Latin “aqua marina”, because if the gem doesn’t put you in mind of calm, tropical seas, nothing will.
Nonetheless, the fashion world loves aquamarines. They occur in all different sizes, so they can be cut into an incredible variety of shapes and styles. They’re found all over the world, so they’re affordable. And they complement almost every color, so they’re sure to look stunning on you, no matter what you’re wearing. There are also many beliefs that regard aquamarine as a healing stone for mental afflictions as well as physical.
Just a little treat for you Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S readers from your favorite JuJu Queen of Jewelry---XO Caitlin Moreland
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